How to Tell If Your Hot-water Heater Isn't Working

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A hot-water heater is an appliance that is highly used for everything from washing dishes to doing laundry to bathing. Because a hot-water heater usually is hidden in a basement, closet or garage, you probably do not think about it often, at least until you suspect it is not working. A hot-water heater can be an expensive appliance to repair or replace, so it's important to know when your hot-water heater isn't working.

How to Tell If Your Hot-water Heater Isn't Working

  • Turn on your hot water and let it run.

  • Feel the temperature of the water. It should become warm within a minute of your turning on the hot-water faucet. If it is not, try another tap in the house to eliminate the question of whether it is a single tap that is not working.

  • If the water remains cold, turn the water off and check whether there is hot water being used in another portion of your home, because some hot-water heaters simply cannot provide hot water to more than a single place within a home. Check also to see if someone has recently used a large volume of water, which can also explain a lack of hot water.

  • Call an appliance repair specialist if you continue to fail to get hot water to come from any of your hot-water taps.

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