It’s 6 p.m. Saturday and you’re looking forward to a hot shower before going out with your sweetheart. But there’s no hot water. Brrr! And the water heater button won’t work.

What is going on?

Here are some possible reasons for all this cold water raining on your plans:

  • The controller is worn out and needs replacing. If it’s an electric water heater, the controller is a thermostat. If it’s a gas heater, it’s a thermocouple.

  • If you have a timer on the heater it may have worn out.

If it’s a Gas Water Heater:

  • Check your supply of gas. If you have a propane tank, is the tank empty? Be sure all the valves between the gas source and the heater are “on.”

  • Light the pilot light.

  • If the pilot light refuses to start, the problem may be dirt or debris in the pilot supply tube.

  • If the pilot light won’t stay on, your thermocouple probably is defective and needs to be replaced.

If it’s an Electric Water Heater:

  • A fuse may be blown. Reset the breaker for the heater. If this doesn’t restart the heater, check to see if any wires are loose.

  • If no wires are loose, the problem may be the heater element or the thermostat.

Your gas water heater may not be turning on because: 

  • The gas control valve on your water heater is broken. 
  • The pilot light on your water heater is out. 
  • The flame sensor on your water heater is not working.

Generally when your gas water heater is not turning on, the first thing you should check is whether or not your water heater’s pilot light is on. If you try to relight it, but it is still not working, that indicates that there may be another issue occurring. To get your water heater repaired, call us today

Your electric water heater may not be heating up because: 

  • Your water heater’s heating element is faulty. 
  • Your water heater’s thermostat is malfunctioning.
  • The circuit to your water heater has tripped. 

If your electric water heater is not heating up, one of the simplest ways to get it up and running again is to reset the breaker if it has tripped. However, if you suspect that there is a deeper issue occurring with your water heater, you should have a technician diagnose the problem and repair it. Contact us today to get your electric water heater repaired

To reset a water heater, you should start by checking the circuit to your water heater. If the circuit has tripped, you should attempt to reset it back to ON. If it flips back to OFF, you should call an electrician to address the issue. If your water heater’s circuit is ON, switch it to OFF and then press the reset button on your water heater. You should check to see if your water heater has one or two reset buttons. After resetting your water heater, check to make sure it does not trip again before turning the circuit to your water heater back to ON. To get your water heater repaired, give us a call today

Whether your water heater is gas or electric, the master plumbers at Freedom Plumbing will get you and your family hot water when you need it and fix your problem quickly and efficiently.

Call (205) 444-4444 and we will respond promptly. 

P.S. When the water heater is functioning again, set the temperature at 120 degrees F or less. Setting it above 120 degrees will raise the chance of scalding, causes sediment to settle and wastes energy.