5 Reasons Why Your Hot Water Has Stopped Working

Have you ever woken up early with visions of jumping into a warm steam shower, only to find that your shower is freezing cold? Is it taking longer for your water to heat up to the desirable temperature? If so, then you understand what a hindrance it can be to have a problem with your hot water. Fortunately, in many cases, this problem is easily solved . . . as long as you know what is causing it. Here are some reasons why your hot water may have stopped working:
The pilot light. This is the simplest and easiest hot water problem to fix. Check your water heater to make sure the pilot light is still on (check your owner’s manual if you need helping finding the pilot light, as it is well hidden). If the pilot light is out, then you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to re-light it.
Gas hot water heaters. If you have a gas hot water heater, then your problem may be caused by a leak in the gas line leading to the appliance. If this is the case, you may notice a rotten egg smell around the water heater. This is a very dangerous problem and should only be handled by professionals, so call your plumber immediately.
Heating element. In the case of not enough hot water, or hot water that is not hot enough, it may be that you need to replace the heating element on your water heater.
Sediment buildup. Over time, water contaminants can build up and harden in the bottom of your water heater, reducing its ability to produce ample hot water. You can combat sediment buildup by cleaning your water heater regularly, softening hard water with a water softening agent, and reducing the temperature of the water heater to 130 degrees. However, if the tank itself is rusty, you cannot remove that buildup and you will have to replace the water heater altogether.
Thermostat problems. If you have some hot water, but it’s just not hot enough, it may be that you need to adjust the temperature on your water heater thermostat. It may even be that your thermostats are not working correctly, in which case you may need to replace them.
Your home’s plumbing is a major investment, and one that you will need to last for many years to come. Don’t take any chances with faulty plumbing materials or installation. Put all of your plumbing needs in the hands of competent, trustworthy professionals like us, Durance Plumbing. Durance Plumbing has been serving the Washington DC metro area for more than 20 years. We service electric and gas hot water heaters, contact us for a free diagnostic and cost estimate if you’re experiencing plumbing issues. We can be reached by telephone, at 301-270-6663, or via email: Kirk@DurancePlumbing.com.