No Hot Water? How To Troubleshoot Your Water Heater
A broken water heater can be a huge hassle, especially if you live in a large household. You might be tempted to hire a plumber immediately, but that isn't always the best course of action. Before calling a pro, you should take a look at the problem yourself to see if you can save a bit of money. If you have no hot water at all, consider checking these three things to find the source of the problem.
Check the Power - If there is no hot water anywhere in the house, then the problem likely lies with the heater or the power to the heater. First, you should check the power, since that is a bit easier to fix. Check the power line to the heater, even if you have a gas heater. Most modern gas heaters use some electricity for turning on, so they still rely on electricity. If a gas heater isn't getting any electricity, then it won't turn on at all, even if it has fuel.
Check the Circuit Breaker - Once you have determined that there is nothing wrong with the flow of electricity to the heater, you should take a look at the circuit breaker. Circuit breakers can trip for a variety of reasons, and the last thing that you want is to call out a plumber, just for them to flip a switch and solve your problems. If there was a problem with your circuit breaker, check to make sure that you aren't overdrawing power in that area of the house. If you have multiple high wattage appliances in that area, then you might have to deal with the same problem again in the future.
Check the Water Heater - Finally, you should check the actual heater itself. Take a look at settings on the heater to make sure that nothing is amiss. If the thermostat is set too high or too low, then that could be the source of your malfunction. Before actually opening up the heater, you should consider whether you are adequately prepared for such an endeavor. Water heaters use a lot of power, which means that they can be dangerous if they have some residual electricity in them. Make sure that everything is completely turned off before opening up the heater. If you don't feel comfortable working on the heater yourself, then there is nothing wrong with calling a pro like Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc. at this point. Any further repairs will likely require a bit of expertise anyway.