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Why isn't my hot water heater heating the water in my home? "Ask a Plumber in Gallatin"


We've spoken to many other Plumbers in Gallatin, and they have seen this issue many times in the past. While regular inspection, draining, and flushing, a hot water heater can last over a decade. Sometimes parts stop working and need to be replaced. If you are a new homeowner and don't know as to why you're not getting hot water. This could be your answer.


A hot water heater is a device that heats water for domestic use, such as bathing, washing dishes, and laundry. It is typically located in the basement or garage of a home.

There are two main types of hot water heaters: electric and gas. Electric hot water heaters use electricity to heat water, while gas hot water heaters use natural gas or propane to heat water. Here's a photo of a plumber servicing an electrical hot water heater.



Both types of hot water heaters have a heating element that heats the water. The heating element is usually located at the bottom of the tank.


If the heating element goes bad, the hot water heater will not heat water. The heating element can go bad due to age, wear and tear, or a power surge.


If the fuse is blown, the hot water heater will not heat water. The fuse can blow due to a power surge, a short circuit, or a problem with the heating element.


If your hot water heater is not heating water, check the heating element and the fuse. If either of them is bad, replace them.





Here are some additional tips for troubleshooting a hot water heater that is not heating water:


  • Check the thermostat. The thermostat is a device that controls the temperature of the water. If the thermostat is not working properly, the water will not heat up.


  • Check the power supply. Make sure that the hot water heater is wired in and that there is power to the outlet. This may require a tester used in your electrical panel of your home as well as the checking the supply going into the hot water heater.


  • Check the water supply. Make sure that the water supply to the hot water heater is turned on. We suggest turning on a faucet in your home.


  • Check the drain. Make sure that the drain is not clogged which it is located on the bottom of your unit.


  • Check the anode rod. The anode rod is a metal rod that protects the heating element from corrosion. If the anode rod is corroded, it will need to be replaced. This may require a skilled plumber if you're not comfortable. Ensure the water is drained out of your unit and the electricity is turned off.



If you have checked all of these things and the hot water heater is still not heating water, you may need to call a professional to service it. If you're in the Gallatin Tennessee area and are experiencing issues with your hot water heater. Feel free to call us today for a free inspection.




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