Home 🪠 Plumbing Emergency 🪠 No Hot Water


Expect hot water but only receive cold? This is an unpleasant surprise that no one wants to deal with. If you find yourself in this scenario, Rescue Plumbing is here to help.

We’ll go over everything you need to know about why your hot water isn’t working, what to do if you’re ever in this scenario and how to avoid it!

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You have questions, The Rescue Team has answers. Learn more about your plumbing system below!

There could be a variety of reasons why there is no hot water in the house. Sometimes it’s a simple fix, but most of the time you will need an expert plumber to come out and diagnose the issue.

Here are a few reasons why you might not have hot water:

Fixture Issue

If you try to use your kitchen or bathroom faucet, but there’s no hot water from the appliance you definitely have a plumbing fixture issue!

Allow your hot water faucet to run for about a minute and if you are not receiving hot water, there could be an issue with the cartridge or stem.

You could replace if you have the knowledge, but always best to call a professional. Our licensed plumbers are ready to help call (773) 799-8848!

Gas Leak

Some systems use gas as a heat source to keep your water warm.

Natural gas leaks can be dangerous, especially if left undetected. Natural gas is odorless and colorless; as a result, mercaptan is used to make it smell like sulfur or rotten eggs.

If you smell gas or detect a leak, turn off the gas valve control as soon as possible. The gas valve is frequently designed to be pushed in to stop the gas flow.

If you are unable to locate the gas valve, call a professional plumber or your gas company.

Your gas utility company or plumber will come out, turn off the gas, and locate the leak in your gas line.


When temperatures plunge it could leave you with no hot water and on a cold day the last thing you want is a cold shower.

Freezing temperatures might have an impact on your system and how quickly your water heats up. If temperatures drop low enough it could leave you with frozen pipes and no hot water.

If you notice on colder days you have no hot water, then you need a plumber to help thaw your pipes so you can be taking hot showers in no time. Call Rescue Plumbing to schedule your appointment (773) 799-8848!

Water Heater

The most frequent problem you will encounter for no hot water in the house is a malfunctioning hot water heater.

There are a number of things that can happen with hot water heaters that can leave you without any hot water. Some issues you can repair on your own, others will need an experienced plumber.

If the water heater’s old or inoperable, you will need to replace it. If you choose to replace your hot water heater tank, we at Rescue Plumbing want to make sure that you get the best solution for your property.

There are many factors that go into choosing the best hot water heater for YOU. Depending on the size of your home, your tank size and style will vary.

The three most frequent types of water heaters are gas, electric, and tankless.

Gas water heater or electric water heater are the most common water heaters used, tank or tankless versions of both are available.

Gas Water Heaters

Gas water heaters can come in two forms: tank heaters and tankless water heaters. They differ by the type of storage tank they employ.

They all have a gas burner, gas inlet valve, pilot light, pilot burner, and heating element to regulate the gas flow and adjust the thermostat.

When installing a gas water heater you need to make sure its location is near the gas supply line. Without you definitely will have no hot water in your home.

The distinction between the two is, tank models heat water in a tank, whereas a tankless water heater just create as much as you need right when you turn them on.

Both light a burner to warm the hot water using a pilot light.

With tank water heaters, it might take two hours for the water to reach a full tank. Tankless water heater are instant, taking about 15 seconds.

Electric Water Heaters

An electric unit is very common because they’re inexpensive to install and run well with most homes.

Electric water heaters with a tank-style installation operate on electricity and have an electric heating element connected to your circuit breaker via wires.

There is no water tank on a tankless electric water heater. Typically, an electric element heats water at the point of use for this sort of device.

Now that you’ve discovered how to choose the finest hot water tank for your home, you need to be aware of any problems that can cause you to run out of hot water.

Whether its a gas water heater or electric water heater problems can arise and being able to identify the signs is a must!

Recovery Process

Some recovery time is needed for some water heaters to dispense hot water. Avoid using water when the recovery process is not completed in order to obtain hot water as quickly as feasible.

Pilot Light

Pilot light not staying lit is one of the more common issues for no hot water being produced from the water heater.

New heaters have an automatic pilot-lighting systems, they feature glow plugs or spark ignitors so it is unlikely that this problem will occur.

Faulty Parts

Faulty thermostat or faulty thermocouple can cause no hot water to be distributed from your water heater.

The dip tube, which used is to run the cold water to bottom of the tank can break or malfunction which will lead to the cold and hot water getting mixed up.

A faulty heating element is also a common issue, but if left unaddressed can cause further damage to your water heater leaving you needing to replace the upper thermostat

Heating elements are know to fail over time, but lucky for you replacing heating elements is inexpensive cost. Just make sure you repair as soon as you notice an issue.


Installation of your water heater is extremely important!

If there are any loose connections it could cause you to have a leaking tank and no hot water in your home. Water leaks can cause water damage to your thermostat causing a short.

Loose connections to the gas line could present an even bigger problem! A gas leak can be extremely dangerous.

Hire a professional that is familiar with a water heater, the gas supply, and gas supply line to prevent any harm coming to you or your home.

Electrical Issues

Electrical issues are known to arise with water heaters, especially an electric water heater.

If you notice your water heater runs out of hot water or pilot lights not staying lit you could have an electrical issue.

Sometimes getting hot water back in your home is a simple fix and would not require you to call a plumber.

Rescue Plumbing is here to give you the tips you need to so you can have hot water as soon as possible.

Read the Instructions

This may seem obvious but to some it is not. Before you try to fix anything take a look at the manual to ensure you know where everything is located and figure out the best way to repair your water heater issue.

Reset Button

Once you read the manual, you will be able to locate the reset button which in some cases all you’ll need to do to get hot water back in your home.

Pilot Light

Some instances of hot water heater issues, you only need to light the pilot. Check the lower compartment, use a long lighter and do not forget to follow the instructions in the manual because each brand and style of water heaters can vary.

Light the pilot using the lighter at the gas supply tube if the burner ignites, replace the cover and reset the heating elements.

Check Breaker

First take a look at your circuit breaker box, make sure your water heater has its own dedicated circuit.

After, check to see if your circuit breaker was tripped to the off position, if that is the case, flip the water heater breaker back.

If this happens frequently it could be an issue with your high temperature cutoff. A high temperature cutoff is also a reset function on the water heater.

Trying to repair the high temperature cutoff switch on your own can be dangerous and costly if you do not have the knowledge needed.

A qualified electrician will be able to locate the high temperature cutoff switch and repair if needed.

Call an Expert

If you’ve followed all the tips we’ve given you and still unable to get hot water, it’s time to call one of our expert plumbers!

Do not waste your time or cause any further damage, call Rescue Plumbing to save the day!


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You have questions, the Rescue Team has answers.

There are a number of reasons why your hot water stopped working. Here are the most common causes:

  1. Issues with fixtures – kitchen or bathroom faucet with no hot water means there’s issue with appliance and something may need to be replaced.
  2. Weather – When weather temperatures drops pipes can freeze, leaving you taking an cold or average shower.
  3. Gas leak – If there are leaks in the supply line connected to water heater, hot water will not be distributed to home. If you suspect you have leak call your gas company or a licensed plumber.
  4. Water Heater – Issues with water heater can occur over time such as pilot light not staying lit or thermostat malfunctioning. Water heater have a lifespan of 8 -12 yrs and if not kept in working condition issues will arise.

When you have no hot water there are a few things you can do to get your plumbing back up and running:

  1. Check Water Heater – Pilot light may need to be lit or a part may need to be replaced like the thermostat.
  2. Check Circuit Breaker – If water heater runs out of hot water it could be the breaker tripped, you can switch it back to the on position.
  3. Call An Expert – If you are unsure of the issue and not familiar with plumbing calling one of our plumbers could save the day.

The hourly rate for a plumber can range from $185 per hour to $1000 per hour depending on the type of equipment the plumber uses and how many plumbers are on the job site.

Rescue Plumbing gives free in-person verbal estimates by a licensed plumber. We do not charge an hourly rate but give an all-inclusive flat upfront pricing with no hidden fees.

The plumbers at Rescue Plumbing are seasoned veterans and have been doing plumbing for over 30 years. These plumbers have the experience that allows them to complete a plumbing job much quicker than other less experienced plumbers.

Rescue Plumbing knows you want us out of your home as quickly as possible, which is why we only send the best plumbers. We work fast and efficiently so that we are in and out of your home, and you can continue doing the things you love.

If your water isn’t working, you should get help from one of our licensed plumbers or a qualified electrician to save time and avoid any additional problems.

There are numerous reasons your hot water does not work but cold does the main reasons are:

  1. Water heater – Pilot light is not lit or there may be an issue with the thermostat.
  2. Appliance issue – Faulty main shut off, water heater breaker not on, or heat setting malfunctioning.
  3. Weather – Temperature change outside could leave you without any hot water
  4. Gas leak – If there are leaks in the supply line connected to water heater, hot water will not be distributed to home.



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