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Hot Water Tank Stopped Working: Troubleshooting Tips to Get It Running Again

Hot Water Tank Stopped Working

Hot water is a necessity in every household, and when the hot water tank stops working, it can cause a major inconvenience.

There are several reasons why a hot water tank may stop working, and it can be frustrating to troubleshoot the issue on your own. In this article, I will discuss the common problems that can cause a hot water tank to stop working, and provide some tips on how to troubleshoot and fix the issue.

Understanding Hot Water Tank Problems Hot water tanks can stop working for various reasons, including a faulty thermostat, a broken heating element, a tripped circuit breaker, or a malfunctioning pilot light. These problems can cause the water in the tank to become too hot or too cold, or no hot water at all. Understanding these common problems is the first step in troubleshooting the issue.

Troubleshooting Techniques If your hot water tank has stopped working, there are some troubleshooting techniques that you can try before calling a professional. These include checking the circuit breaker, resetting the thermostat, relighting the pilot light, and testing the heating element. However, if these techniques do not work, it may be time to call a professional.

Signs of a Failing Hot Water Tank

1. Lack of Hot Water

A clear indication of a problem is when you suddenly don’t have water. If you’re used to enjoying hot showers, but instead, you find yourself shivering under a stream of cold water, it’s possible that there’s an issue with your hot water tank.

2. Unusual Noise 

Listen carefully for any sounds coming from your hot water tank. If you hear gurgling, popping, or banging noises, it could mean that there’s buildup or other internal problems that need to be addressed straight away.

3. Leaks

If you notice water puddles or dampness near the bottom of your hot water tank, it is essential not to overlook them. Ignoring signs can lead to consequences as leaks can stem from various problems ranging from a malfunctioning pressure relief valve to corrosion. Taking action is crucial to prevent damage.

4. Inconsistent Water Temperature

If you notice that your hot water temperature keeps changing going from hot to freezing cold without any influence, from you, it could be a clear indication that your hot water tank is having difficulties in maintaining a consistent temperature.

Identifying these indicators at a stage can have an impact on preventing additional harm and inconvenience. 

Neglecting these signs could result in repairs or the necessity of replacing the entire unit. 

By addressing these symptoms you not only guarantee a more pleasant living environment but also potentially reduce repair expenses and prolong the lifespan of your hot water tank.

What to do when the hot water tank stops working

Please note: It is highly recommended that you use a trained professional like those at Instant Plumbing & Heating. There is a risk of injury by following these steps and we accept no liability if you choose to act on this.

Step 1: Turn off the Power and Water Supply

  1. Make sure to prioritize safety by finding the circuit breaker or gas valve for powering your water heater. 
  2. Turn off the power or gas supply to the heater to prevent any accidents. 
  3. Close the valve that supplies water to the tank in order to avoid any water damage.

Step 2: Check for Visible Leaks or Puddles

  1. Inspect the area, near the bottom of your water heater for any indications of water leakage or puddles. 
  2. If you happen to notice any leaks make an effort to determine where they are coming from and take note of their location. Leaks often serve as an indication of an issue.

Step 3: Test the Pressure Relief Valve

  1. Find the pressure relief valve typically located on either the top or side of the tank.
  2. Carefully lift the lever of the valve to release an amount of water. This will help determine if it is working properly.
  3. If no water comes out or if it keeps leaking after releasing it might be necessary to consider replacing the pressure relief valve.

Step 4: Drain the Tank to Remove Sediment

  1. To start connect a garden hose to the drain valve located at the base of the tank.
  2. Then position the end of the hose in an area, for drainage or use a bucket to collect the water. 
  3. Next, open the drain valve. Allow the tank to empty until the water appears clear.
  4. Finally, once the tank is completely drained close the drain valve securely. 

Step 5: Inspect the Tank for Physical Damage

  1. Take a look at the outside of the tank and check for any obvious signs of damage like dents or rust. 
  2. Make sure to pay attention to the connections and fittings of the tank to check for any problems. 
  3. If you happen to notice any damage it’s an idea to reach out to a professional plumber for further evaluation and recommendations, on how to fix it.

Contact Instant Plumbing and Heating to Fix your Hot Water Tank

For some minor plumbing issues, DIY solutions might suffice. However, you’ll need professional help if fixing your hot water tank involves replacing faulty heating elements or thermostats in your tank.  

Our trained technicians have a wealth of expertise when it comes to diagnosing and fixing problems with water tanks. 

They have the ability to swiftly pinpoint the underlying issue ultimately saving you time and relieving any frustration you may be experiencing.

We don’t just address the immediate problem; we also offer lasting solutions to avoid any future problems that could potentially prolong the lifespan of your hot water tank.

At Instant Plumbing and Heating we provide a range of plumbing and heating services that cater to all your requirements. This includes;

  1. Hot Water Tank Repair: Our technicians have expertise in identifying and fixing hot water tank problems ranging from small repairs to more intricate issues. Our goal is to restore the flow of water for you.
  2. Hot Water Tank Replacement: If your hot water tank is no longer fixable or if it makes sense to get a new one we provide professional installation services. Our team can assist you in selecting the replacement unit and guarantee its installation for optimal performance.
  3. Regular Maintenance Services: Preventive maintenance is key to extending the life of your hot water tank. We provide routine maintenance checks to identify and address potential issues before they become major problems.

How to prevent hot water tank from spoiling

  1. Regularly Flush the Tank: Over time sediment can accumulate in the tank, which can cause the tank to work efficiently and experience wear and tear. 

It’s important to flush the tank in order to remove this sediment. You can refer to your manufacturer’s instructions. Seek advice from a professional for an effective approach.

  1. Insulate the Tank and Pipes: Insulating your hot water system is beneficial as it helps to retain heat and reduces the amount of energy required to maintain water temperatures.

Ensure that both the tank and the pipes connected to it are properly insulated in climates.

  1. Schedule Annual Maintenance Checks: You might want to think about setting up a maintenance appointment, with experts like Instant Plumbing and Heating. 

When they come they can examine your hot water tank for any signs of wear and tear check for leaks and make sure that all the different parts are working properly. 

By staying on top of maintenance you can catch any problems on and avoid any major breakdowns.

Final Thoughts

Addressing hot water tank issues promptly is of importance. Neglecting these problems can result in damage increased repair expenses and an interruption to your daily routines.

We understand the importance of convenience when it comes to your plumbing and heating needs. Whether you require assistance with a problem related to your hot water tank, regular maintenance or energy-efficient solutions Instant Plumbing and Heating is here to help.

Our team of professionals is committed to ensuring that your plumbing and heating systems work flawlessly providing you with peace of mind and a cozy living space.

Feel free to contact us for any concerns you may have regarding plumbing or heating. Reach out to Instant Plumbing and Heating today. 

Let us become your partner in maintaining the comfort and functionality of your home. Your satisfaction is our priority.

George Pinel
George Pinel

Master Plumber

I have been involved in this family owned business for 33 years now.

It has always been and will continue to be the core focus of Instant Plumbing & Heating to provide a long lasting relationship with our customers based on trust and integrity of our service and products.

This achieved by using the best quality materials. I as a business owner continue to mentor and treat my staff with the highest regard and respect, this interns helps them deliver to the client great quality workmanship and service.

It is our professional goal to leave a situation better than when we arrived both in how we do our work and in how you feel for having chosen us to do your work, we are in the anxiety reduction business using plumbing and heating service work to do it.

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