You turn on the hot water tap and discover that minutes go by before any hot water comes out. Or no hot water at all comes out of the tap. Or perhaps you turn on the hot water and notice the water has a brown or brackish color to it that may or may not go away. What to do? Should you invest in a new water heater or have the current water heater repaired? Good questions.
The truth is there can be several answers to these questions depending on what the problem is with the water heater. Here are some tips to help make that decision easier.
If you discover that you do not have hot water, check the heater to see if the pilot flame is working (if it is gas operated). If it pilot light is out, relight it according the heater's owner manual. If the heater is electric, check the circuit breaker to make sure it has not tripped. Most hot water heaters are on their own breaker which means it can shut off without other electrical outlets shutting off as well. So, just because the lights and television are working does not mean the water heater breaker is set as well.