There’s nothing more annoying than getting up to take a shower and not having any hot water. Here are some of the reasons why your water heater might be going out, along with what you can do about it.
There are several different types of water heaters, but by and large, most homes will either have a gas tanked water heater or an electric water heater. Both of those types have thermostats that turn the heater on whenever the water cools down and turn the heater off when the water heats up. If you find yourself without hot water, it could simply be the thermostat acting up. Maybe the water gets cold after the shower is used a couple of times. Then about an hour later the hot water comes back again.
If running out of hot water is a daily occurrence, you definitely need to get the water heater checked. An undersized water heater will lead to premature failure. When a water heater’s tank cools down and heats up repeatedly every day, it causes expansion and contraction on the metal. This can be really hard on the heater because it just isn’t designed to deal with extreme temperature fluctuations. You don’t want to leave this issue unchecked for a long term. Premature failure could cause the tank to spring a leak and lead to catastrophic damage to the home.
Aside from a thermostat problem or undersized system, there are some other reasons why your water heater can stop working. It could be due to the electric heating elements or gas heating mechanisms (depending on whether it’s an electric or gas water heater). There are also lots of different things attached to a water heater, and they could potentially be causing safety concerns—especially if it’s a gas unit. If you feel like your water heater is malfunctioning, call a qualified service professional to look it over, diagnose the issue, and provide a long-term resolution.
There aren’t many things that you could do by yourself to resolve these kinds of issues. You might be able to hook a hose to the bottom of the tank to flush it out (if it’s a fairly new water heater) to help out with maintenance. But outside of that, I wouldn’t recommend anyone except a qualified professional to start digging into the water heater and taking it apart.
It might be a good idea to keep the contact info for a qualified professional handy just in case you have an issue with your water heater. Reach out to us today to request an appointment, contact us directly, or give us a call at 540-483-9382.