What to Do if Your Hot Water Heater Isn’t Working

Feb 29, 2020


The situation can quickly become problematic when your hot water heater quits working. You won’t be able to take a bath or shower, and the same goes for washing dishes. Even washing your hands becomes unpleasant. It’s best to start taking steps to fix this problem as soon as possible.

What to Check
Look at your home’s electrical panel to see if a breaker has been tripped. If the heater has a pilot light or fuel tank, check them as well. You might only need to order more fuel, revive the pilot light or push a circuit breaker switch.
If you don’t see an easy solution, take a moment to inspect the heater as well as its electrical and/or gas lines. Make a note of any visible problems. For example, there could be water pooling around the base or a damaged power cord.

Using Water

If you’re lucky, the storage tank might still contain some warm water that you can use until your equipment is repaired. You should conserve it but don’t wait too long; any liquid sitting in a tank will eventually cool down.

If you have a tankless unit or you run out of hot water while waiting for repairs, you could heat H2O with a range, microwave oven, coffee maker or even a wood stove. It’s perfectly fine to wash most clothing in cold water.


This machine often comes with a warranty that stays in effect for three to ten years; seek assistance from its manufacturer if this guarantee hasn’t expired. When a heater is no longer covered, call a trusted local plumber for help.

Our plumbing experts know how to safely fix multiple types and brands of this equipment. We understand that it’s important to serve you quickly under these circumstances. Please contact our friendly, professional staff to schedule a visit.