A cold shower probably isn’t on your list of the best ways to begin your day, so when you realize you have no hot water, it is cause for concern. The various causes depend on whether you have a gas or electric water heater, with the following being the most likely causes for each.
- Gas Water Heater – The most likely causes for no hot water when you have a gas water heater include the water heater not getting gas due to a leak, the pilot light being out, a failed heating element, too much sediment in the tank, or a failed thermostat.
- Electric Water Heater – The most common causes for no hot water when you have an electric water heater include a tripped circuit breaker (or failed fuse, if you have an older system), a failed heating element, too much sediment in the tank, or a failed thermostat.
Other potential causes for no hot water include not realizing someone else used up all the hot water or the tank has leaked out all the water. The majority of issues that could have happened are not something that you should try to repair yourself unless you have experience doing so. It can be dangerous working with hot water heaters, particularly gas ones, as a gas leak can be quite serious. Turn off the water and gas, and then call a professional.
If you are having an issue with your water heater and have either no hot water or less than you’d like, give us a call at Willmann Plumbing Company Inc. We have served the community since 1884 with reliable and affordable plumbing services. We can quickly diagnose and resolve the problem so you can be enjoying that hot shower before you know it.