If there’s one thing nobody enjoys, it’s being treated to a surprise cold shower in the middle of winter. If you’ve suddenly found yourself without hot water, then you probably want a solution to your water heater not working— and fast.
While calling a certified hot water heater repair service is the only way to properly diagnose and treat hot water heater problems, there are a number of things you can try while you wait for a professional to arrive. But first, you will need to determine which type of hot water heater you have (natural gas and electric are the two main types of water heater, accounting for about 80% of all models in use).
To figure out whether your water heater is natural gas or electric, look for a power supply cable that runs to your water heater and or a label for your water heater in your breaker box. If you see either of these it’s likely you have an electric water heater. If you can’t locate any of these features, wait until a professional repairman arrives; you might have an unusual model of water heater that requires specific expertise.
Note that if you end up having to replace your hot water heater, you may want to consider choosing a natural gas model. While these water heaters may cost more upfront, in many ways they are much less expensive to run month to month, as they are more energy-efficient.
While some common hot water heater problems—like a tripped circuit breaker —are easy to address, most hot water heater repairs need professional attention. It’s extremely important to remember that both natural gas and electricity are highly dangerous. Natural gas leaks can cause explosions, and electricity—especially when water is involved—can easily lead to electric shocks. If you’re not sure what’s wrong with your hot water heater, call the experts at Petro Home Services.
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