Why Do I Not Have Hot Water?

Why Do I Not Have Hot Water?

29th Jun 2022

Unfortunately, it's all too common for homeowners to wake up and realize there's no hot water. Whether you're trying to run the dishwasher, do some laundry, or take a shower, hot water is an all-too necessary part of the process. So when there's no hot water, it can really throw a wrench in the day of your whole family. Luckily, the experts at NuvoH2O are here to help with a few common reasons your home may have no hot water. Learn more below. And, if you're in the market for a whole home water softener solution,  check out NuvoH2O today!

Water Tank Leak

A majority of water heaters rely on natural gas to fuel their heating process. If you have a natural gas leak, not only will your hot water supply be affected, but a gas leak can be extremely dangerous. If you suspect your home has a gas leak, shut off the gas right away and call for professional help. 

Similarly, if your water heater is leaking, it won't have nearly as much water to heat up and pump throughout the home! While a water leak isn't quite as serious as a gas leak, it can still create problems and should be addressed right away. Water leaks can be detected by examining the area around your water heater for wet spots and puddles.

Sometimes, water that is too hard can have a negative impact on your equipment and ultimately lead to leaks.  Learn more about our whole home water softening solutions at NuvoH2O today!

Malfunctioning Thermostat

If the thermostat on your water heater isn't working properly, it won't be able to heat the water to the correct temperature. This can be easily fixed by checking the thermostat and adjusting it to the right setting. If you're still having hot water issues after checking and adjusting your thermostat, it may be time to call in a professional to take a look. It could mean that your water heater's thermostat needs replacing, or that there is another unrelated issue that needs to be dealt with.

Someone Else Used It All

If you have a large family, or if your home has multiple bathrooms, it's not uncommon for all the hot water to be used up! In this case, you'll just have to wait until the water heater has had time to heat up more water. This usually only takes an hour or so, depending on how big your water heater is. The larger your water heater's tank, the longer it will take for your home to run out of water. 

In homes where having no hot water is a consistent problem, it may be best to switch to a tankless water heater option. Tankless water heaters, as the name suggests, have no tank and heat up water on demand, making it impossible to run out of hot water!

Extinguished Pilot Light

If your water heater uses a pilot light to ignite the burner, it's possible for the pilot light to go out. If this happens, your water heater won't be able to heat up any water. To relight a pilot light, first, make sure there is no gas leak. Once you've determined it is safe to proceed, follow the instructions in your water heater's manual on how to relight the pilot light. 

If you're having hot water issues and none of these solutions seem to work, call in a professional right away! They can help you figure out what's going on and get your hot water flowing again in no time. And, if you're interested in upgrading your home's water quality with a whole home water softener solution, Nuvo H20 can help with that!  Contact us today to learn more.