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What to Do When Your Water Heater Won’t Work


Have you ever experienced an involuntary ice shower? It is an extremely unpleasant shock. And this is exactly what can happen if your water heater suddenly gives out on you.

Water heaters are made to last for many years and perform well. But this doesn’t mean they’ll never encounter trouble. The thing about water heater issues is that you want to catch them early, before you lose all access to hot water in your home!

But what do you do if you are already in that worst-case scenario without any hot water? Warning signs won’t mean much at this point! We’ve got you, not to worry. Read on for a brief, helpful guide to getting through a water heater emergency.

The # Steps to Handling a Broken Down Water Heater

Suddenly being without hot water is a stressful enough situation without having to worry about figuring out your next steps. Here is our quick and easy guide to get you through this situation.

Double-check the water heater thermostat

We know this may feel silly but you’d be surprised how many issues are resolved by double-checking a thermostat. Maybe the thermostat was bumped or changed accidentally. This can leave you without reliable hot water! make sure to double-check that the thermostat is set to the correct temperature. If it is, then you probably have a bigger problem on your hands.

If it is gas-powered, check for any signs of a problem with your gas supply

If you have a gas-powered water heater, then any issues with your gas supply could also cause a lack of hot water. Be on the alert for any signs of a gas leak such as the smell of sulfur or any indicators of CO poisoning like fatigue, nausea, or lightheadedness. If you notice any signs of a gas leak at all, shut off your gas, call emergency services, and exit the house until it is safe. This can be deadly so it is important to treat the situation seriously. Once things are safe, you can contact one of our plumbers for gas line repair.

If you don’t notice any warning signs of a gas leak, call your gas company and see if there may have been a shut-off for any reason. No gas means no hot water!

Reach out for emergency plumbing services

Yes, it really is just a three-step process! You aren’t supposed to have to do a lot of leg-work.

Our job is to provide all the hard work and restore your access to hot water again. Whether you have a repair like a patch to your gas line that needs to be done or you have a water heater that needs a full replacement, you can trust our team to get the job done.

And yes, being without hot water is absolutely an emergency. If you are dealing with a water heater that can’t function anymore it can become a health hazard. Get the issue fixed quickly and correctly with our services for 24-hour plumbing in San Bernardino.

We don’t charge by the hour, We charge by the job! Contact the experts at Sweetwater Plumbing now for water heater repairs, replacement, and more.

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