Have you ever been right in the middle of a relaxing, hot shower when you suddenly find yourself drenched in ice cold water? It is probably one of the more jarring and uncomfortable physical sensations that most people experience, and it can be incredibly frustrating. As you might imagine, suddenly having no hot water available means that there is a problem with your water heater. Let’s take a look at what you should do while waiting for a technician to arrive to examine your system.
Check the Pilot Light
The pilot light is the ignition device responsible for lighting your water heater’s burner assembly. If you have a natural gas-powered water heater, you have a pilot light of some kind. There are a number of different kinds of pilot lights, from standing flames to intermittent heating elements. All of them serve the same purpose, though: to ignite the flow of natural gas in the burner assembly. If the pilot light is malfunctioning, the burner assembly will not ignite and the water in the tank won’t be heated. If your water heater burner doesn’t seem to be on, it might mean you have a broken pilot light.
Check the Thermostat
The water heater has its own thermostat, which governs the temperature at which it keeps the water in the tank. It is possible that the thermostat is either malfunctioning or simply is not set high enough. Be careful, though. The temperature should not be set above the manufacturer’s recommendation, or else you risk serious injury. If you aren’t sure how to set your water heater thermostat properly, wait for a professional to handle it for you. Better to be safe than sorry.
If your water heater needs repairs, call Tim Beil Plumbing. We repair water heaters throughout Bethlehem, PA.