No one likes taking a cold shower, especially during the cold winter months in American Fork, Utah! However, sometimes disaster strikes, and your water heater breaks down. Here are some steps you can take to get your hot water flowing again before calling in our team of expert plumbers for help!
First, it is important to know if you have a gas water heater or an electric water heater. An easy way to check if you have a gas water heater is to find an access panel on the side, and check for a little blue flame, or pilot light. Gas water heaters also have pipes connected to them, while electric water heaters only have a cord in the top of the unit. Once you determine which type of water heater you have, you can take the following steps!
Gas Water Heaters:
Check to see if the pilot light has turned off. If the pilot light it off, you will need relight it. We recommend following the specific instructions in your owner’s manual. However, if the light will not stay lit, your inlet gas valve might have closed. Try turning the gas valve to the proper position, but if this does not help, you might need to call your gas company for assistance.
Electric Water Heaters:
It is likely that you have a tripped breaker if your electric water heater is not working. If there is a switch which has somehow been turned off, you should switch your circuit breaker from “off” to “on” in order to reset the breaker. If your breaker continues to trip after you reset it, we recommend you calling an electrician or our team of licensed plumbers to look into things.
If you are experiencing continued issues with your gas or electric water heater after taking these steps, don’t hesitate to give our team of expert plumbers at T.J. Huggard Plumbing a call! We can also help if your water heater is making strange sounds, has large cracks or rust spots, or has water which smells sulfurous.