What to Look at When the Hot Water System Stops Working

There are a number of things that may have worn out which has put a stop to your water heater working, all of which can result in what seems as if there’s simply no working hot water.

Check below on what you should look for:

  • For People with Electric Water Heaters

Electric hot water systems will usually not work for a limited amount of reasons. You can begin to find out what the problem is by examining these fields:

Reset Button has Tripped – If this happens often, it could be the sign of a defective reset button. Get it replaced.

Grounded Element – A damaged heating element may ground out. A replacement is required.

Undersized Fuse or Breaker – Easily replace with one that is rated for a higher amperage.

Grounded Thermostat – An ineffective thermostat shorting to ground. Get it replaced.

Wire Short – Danger! Any damaged wiring can certainly lead to a direct short. Replace all faulty wiring as soon as possible, to avoid any possible fires.

Water Leakage – Try tightening any leaking parts, and if that does not work, it’s definitely time to replace the whole thing.

Weak Breaker – Circuit breakers will fail with time, simply replace.

Accidental Grounding – Check for any objects shorting across wiring connections.

  • And For Those with Gas Water Heaters

Gas units will have problems unlike the electric ones, and it’s in your very best interests in both of these cases to contact professionals at Parramatta hot water to check your system, and give you expert advice on what should be done.

If there is no hot water at home, look at:

No Gas – Make sure that the gas is indeed on and that the gas valve is fully opened.

Pilot Light – If there’s no pilot light, but there is a gas flow, examine these parts:

  • Thermocouple – If the tip of the thermocouple is working fine, it is in the pilot light flame and firmly connected to the gas line.
  • Air in Line – Check the gas flow and try to relight the pilot light a few times to force any air out of the line.
  • Clogged Up Pilot Orifice – Remove and clean to boost the water heater operation.
  • Clogged, Crooked or faulty Supply Line – Replace straightaway.
  • Broken Gas Control Valve – This will stop any gas from getting to the pilot or burner, and is beyond repair, but is cheap enough to replace.
  • Dirty or blocked Burner – Soot is built up on the burner. Take it off and clean thoroughly.
  • Ventilation – The flue could be blocked by some outside occurrence such as a storm or even rodents. Flue cleaning is simple, but may be slightly messy! A strong wind may also happen to blow out the flue, and put out the pilot.

It may seem like a lot of things can go wrong there! However, it is very important that you have a 24/7 flow of lovely hot water throughout the year, just ensure that you won’t go without!