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Why Isn’t My Hot Water Heater Working?

There are some things in life that you can probably live without. However, hot water is a commodity that is difficult to get through your day without it. Washing your dishes in hot water makes them cleaner. Taking a cold shower is miserable compared to taking a hot one, especially in the winter.

So if your water heater is on the fritz and you have been searching for ‘water heater installation near me,’ you’re in the right place. Our team is here to help. You can keep reading to learn more about why your hot water tank might not be working and whether or not it is time for a replacement.

Circuit Breaker

Sometimes water heater problems don’t have anything to do with your actual water heater. There’s a possibility that the circuit breaker attached to your water heater was tripped. When this happens, electricity in your home stops channeling to your water heater so it cannot operate. 

Check your electrical panel to see if the water heater circuit breaker is off. If it is, turn it back on. Keep in mind that if the circuit breaker trips one time it could be a fluke, but if it happens consistently then there is something wrong with the circuit breaker panel and you need to get it checked out.


Before you jump to conclusions about something being wrong with your water heater, check the thermostat first. Make sure that the thermostat temperature setting is high enough to produce hot water. There’s always a chance that your thermostat got bumped and settings were changed. 

If this happens and the temperature is significantly lower, then your water heater will not produce hot water. You can try adjusting the settings to see if it makes a difference. If not, you may need to schedule a service appointment for your water heater to be checked out.

Heating Element

The most common reason for a hot water tank to not produce hot water is for something to be wrong with the heating element. It’s possible that your heating element needs to be repaired or completely replaced. However, if your home has hard water with high mineral content, there’s also a chance that your hot water heater has a layer of mineral buildup that is blocking the heating elements from heating your water adequately. 

The good news is, this is an easy fix. Our team just has to flush out your water tank to eliminate the mineral buildup. Keep in mind that unless you install a water softener in your home you will have to flush your water tank around once per year because the minerals will continue entering your home and building up in the tank.

Contact Affinity Gas Services today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. We’re “The Gas Efficiency Experts.”

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