What To Do If Your Water Heater Goes Cold
February 22, 2017
Have you ever had the water turn ice cold in the middle of your shower? Will the water just not heat when you want to wash your hands or do the dishes? Water heaters going cold is a lot more common than you might think. Sometimes you cannot predict when this is going to happen to you. Thankfully, there are a few things you can easily do if your water heater goes cold on you.
Check the Dial
In some cases, your issue may simply be the water is not heating enough. Check the temperature dial on your water heater. What is it at? The problem may only require you to simply turn the dial up a little bit and test to see how hot the water gets.
Is It Leaking?
If your water heater is leaking, it is much less efficient at heating your water. In fact, it may result in no heat at all, depending on the severity of the issue. Check around the base of your heater and any other location where a leak may be possible.
Is It On?
It may surprise you, but sometimes the water heater is not on properly. If you have a gas water heater, check the dial to see if it is set to PILOT or another indicator that it is on. For water heaters that run on electricity, take steps to see if a fuse has blown, shutting off that electricity, if the power is out in your whole house, or if something else is preventing the power from getting to your water heater.
Check Owner’s Manual
Are you having trouble identifying the issue? Another thing you can try is to consult the owner’s manual that came with your water heater (or any other troubleshooting documentation). In some cases, they may have specific instructions for your model.
Check Tank Size
If you always seem to run out of hot water, consider looking at the size of your water tank. Then consider how much hot water you use on a regular basis. In all likelihood, if your water heater going cold is a recurring issue, you may actually need a larger water tank! If you believe this is the case, take steps to figure out how big of a tank you really need. Consult experts for assistance during this process.
Call a Professional
If all else fails, or if you are uncomfortably troubleshooting the issue for whatever reason, you can also get in contact with a professional who can assess the situation, make a recommendation, and even repair your water heater for you! This option also helps save time.
Having hot water in your home provides a great deal of comfort. Similar comforts include air conditioning systems and furnaces. If any of these break down or you want to engage in preventative maintenance, get in contact with the team of professionals at Hogg. Everything will be back up and running without a hitch before you know it.