Waking up and hopping into a cold shower is a nuisance on its own, but when that water cannot heat at all, there could be a bigger problem you have to face. When you have no hot water in your bathroom or in your kitchen, you may need to look at your water heater.

Fixing your hot water issue will be different depending on the type of water heater you have in your house. Although the differences between a gas water heater and an electric water heater are many, you may need to inspect just a few things to see if you can solve the problem on your own.

If you have a gas water heater, the first thing you will need to inspect in the pilot light. If the pilot light is out, follow the instructions attached to the water heater on how to relight it. However, if you smell gas, or if the pilot light is housed within an enclosed chamber, you need to call a professional.

After checking the pilot light and seeing that it is working like it should, then you check on the next suspect: the thermocouple. The thermocouple is a safety device specifically designed to stop the flow of gas if the pilot light has been extinguished. An easy fix would readjust the piece so the tip is in line with the pilot light’s flame, otherwise it may need to be replaced.

When the issue still hasn’t been discovered, inspect the gas line. In this process, make sure it’s open, check if the line is tangled up, or possibly call your gas company to be sure you still have access to gas. In the end, if you cannot find the problem, you need to call a plumber.

If your home has an electric water heater, you will need to reset it in one of two ways. A quick reset requires you to turn off the water heater for a few minutes and then turn it back on. After about 30 minutes, you can check if any water has been warmed.

A hard reset requires you to go to your circuit breaker, find the switch that powers your water heater, and turn that off. Wait at least 30 seconds before flipping the switch back on. If the switch doesn’t stay on, then it might be an electrical problem with your circuit breaker, and not an issue with the water heater.

Whether you heat your home’s water with a gas water heater or an electric water heater, you want it to function as it should at all times. But if your water heater is causing your trouble, and if you cannot get it to turn back on, then call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.