Even the slightest problem with your hot water system can cause a significant upset in your household. Without hot water for your daily tasks, you may find that taking a shower, doing your laundry and even just cleaning the dishes becomes so much more tedious than it should be. Luckily, there are some things that you could do to help you troubleshoot potential problems with your water heater. However, it is also prudent to make sure that you do not tinker with the hot water system. If these simple troubleshooting tips do not help, it is prudent to hire a professional plumber rather than put yourself and your heater at risk. So what are some of the common issues that could crop up with your hot water system and how do you troubleshoot them?

Your water heater has started to leak

A leaking hot water system is not something that you would be able to remedy as an amateur. Nonetheless, there are measures you can take to cut off the water supply to ensure that the leaking is stopped as you await the services of a professional. The first thing to do would be switching off the power source so that the heater is not on. Next, check for a small tap (referred to as the cock) and shut it off.

If you have a gas heater, you should check the temperature and pressure valve for any obstructions on its lever by cranking the said lever a couple of times. If the water does not stop leaking, proceed to close the T&P valve and do not use the heater until a plumber has looked at it.

No hot water in your faucets

If there is water coming out of your faucets, but it is cold to the touch, you could check several things. Firstly, for gas heaters, check other appliances in your home if they have a supply of gas. If these appliances are also not working, then you need to hire a gas plumber. Secondly, inspect the pilot light of your gas heater. If the pilot light is not coming on, but your gas supply is sufficient, chances are the pilot light would require professional repairs.

For homeowners with an electric hot water system, the first thing to inspect would be your circuit breaker as a tripped connection could cause your water heater to malfunction. If the circuit breaker has not been tampered with, switch on your water heater and keep an eye on your electric metre. If the electric metre is moving yet your water is not heating up, it means the system as a mechanical malfunction and would require the attention of a plumber.