Water Heater Failure During a Snow Storm! What Do You Do?

During those cold months of the year, the groundwater temperature falls down at a very high speed. This the time when you actually need the water heater the most! What if it shuts down one day? You are in the middle of a winter storm, all set to get some warmth and the heater suddenly stops working.

You have contacted the technician already, but he/she might take some time for arriving. What could you possibly try by yourself in the meantime?

Fall Affect the Water Heater

Can the Winter or the Fall Affect the Water Heater?

The problem could be with the power supply. Something that happens most of the time.

The actual problem will be related to the power supply, and not concerned with the heater actually. You might be facing any power loss at home, but something might have affected the power supply to the water heater.

What can you do about this?

For the Electric Water Heater Users

First, check if the water heater has power or not. If the indicator light still remains off, then follow the steps given below –

  • Does your unit has a reset button? Try resetting the unit back as it was before.
  • Check the circuit breaker box, and look if the breaker is activated for the water heater connection. If yes, then reset it.
  • In case, the problem remains unsolved yet, check the wiring of the unit and look out for the signs of a short circuit.

For the Gas-Powered Water Heaters

Gas powered water heaters are trickier than the previous one. Gas leaks can be dangerous. If you are confident enough to test or have prior knowledge about it, check out the troubleshooting tips here –

  • Check the pilot light, you only have to relight the pilot light.
  • The gas supply might be turned off. If it isn’t, then any external factor could have caused the damage.

If you get a strong smell of natural gas, then DO NOT TURN ON THE PILOT LIGHT AS IT CAN CAUSE AN EXPLOSION.