5 Reasons Why Hot Water Tank Has Stopped Working

Rheem Gas Hot Water Heater TankAh there’s nothing quite like that feeling of waking up in cold Chicago to take hot shower, and finding out that you’re going to have to have a cold shower because your hot water has stopped working. It’s taking too long for it to build up to temperature or it’s simply cold. If you’ve ever had this happen to you in Chicago,IL in the dead of winter, you’re not alone. Thankfully, it’s often an easy to solve problem. Providing you know what’s causing it you can fix it. Here are some of the reasons that hot water may have stopped working.

Pilot Light

A simple thing to check is the pilot light. Often this is the culprit. If you’re not sure how to check it refer to your owner’s manual. If it is out you’ll simply need to relight the pilot light and your problem is solved.

Gas Hot Water Heaters

If your hot water heater is gas, you may have a leak in the line for the gas that leads to the hot water heater. If this is your cause, you’ll smell a rotten egg smell near the hot water heater. It’s dangerous and you need to call a professional immediately to take care of the situation.

Heating Element

If there isn’t enough hot water, you’ll likely need to replace the heating element.

Sediment Buildup

Over the course of time, contaminants and sediment can build up in your hot water heater and settle in the bottom. This reduces the capacity for your hot water heater to keep up. Clean the water heater out regularly and use a water softener to help combat the issue. This will help to keep it flowing smoothly. Also, lower the temperature to 130. If the tank itself is rusty, you may not be able to remove the sediment and may need to replace the tank itself.

Thermostat Issues

If it’s simply a matter of the water not being hot enough, you may simply need to adjust the thermostat up a bit. It might be that the thermostat isn’t working properly or that it is broken, either way, you’ll need to replace it.

Home plumbing is a huge investment and can be very costly to repair. It’s wise to not take any chances and leave such issues to the professionals who know what to do. There are many great trustworthy professionals in the Midwest. Midwest Plumbing Pros of Chicago know how to repair all of your plumbing needs. If you’re in the Chicago metro area, you’ll be glad to know that we’ve been here as well and we know well the plumbing ins and outs of the area. We service all electric and gas model hot water heaters. Please give us a call today and allow us to give you a free diagnostic and free cost estimate for your repairs. You can reach us at: 312-967-4701 or contact us via our handy email at: Mike@MidwestPlumbingPros.com.

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