Hot water at the turn of a tap is taken for granted since it is there for the taking whenever it’s required. Laundry, showers, and washing dishes are all frequent tasks that require hot water and the convenience of doing such chores is never questioned… until the hot water stops.
It is at this point that life is interrupted long enough to send you spiraling into a state of panic over not being able to take a shower before work, to do dishes before guests arrive, or clean laundry when you’re children are down to their last shirt or pair of pants for school. If you know what to look for, you can be up and running again in no time.
Identify the Problem
Should you lose hot water, here are some water heater sources to check in order to correctly identify the problem and get back to your normal, happy, and hot water life.
Check the Pilot Light – The first source you should check when you lose hot water is the pilot light of your water heater. Since these are small gas flames, they can be blown out by a gust of wind or snuffed out by rust or other debris. If you find that the pilot light has gone out, simply relight and allow the tank of water to heat up.
Water on the Floor – If you go to check your water heater and find a pool of water on the floor around it then you have a leak somewhere in the system. The leaking water may be coming from a ruptured pipe, a loose or faulty valve, a defective element, or a blocked vent. If you have such a problem, it is best to call a professional to properly apply water heater repair.
Strange Noises – If you check your water heater and find that the pilot light is lit and no water has leaked from the tank, but you hear strange noises coming from inside the tank, you probably have debris circulating inside. Such debris comes from hard water scale or heavy mineral buildup which can prevent the water heater from operating properly. If this is the case, you will need to have your water heater tank completely drained and cleaned out. This is best accomplished by a professional plumbing service.
Faulty Thermostat – Another source of water heater problems is a faulty thermostat. If you have checked for all the above problems and found all in working order but your water still is not hot, it may be due to the thermostat. First, try to adjust the thermostat to a higher setting. Keep in mind that OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) recommends not exceeding 120 degree F due to scalding issues. If the thermostat appears to be faulty, call a licensed plumber to repair or replace the unit.
Contact a Tucson Plumbing Professional
If you live in the Tucson area and are having water heater problems, contact Arizona Professional Plumbing Inc. Our 30+ years of experience and licensed professional service team means you get the highest quality of Tucson plumbing service at the most cost effective price.