This could mean an issue with the ignitor in gas water heaters or a heating element in electric water heaters. It could also mean an issue with the thermostat.
A popping/knocking noise means there's sediment at the bottom of your tank, which you'll need to have a plumber flush out. You should have your water heater flushed annually to prevent other, more expensive repairs (like a burnt out heating element).
Brown, rusty hot water typically means your anode rod (the part that prevents the tank itself from rusting) is corroding. This is normal for a water heater, but you should get the rod replaced sooner rather than later.
A plumber can repair leaks where pipes connect to your water heater. But, if the tank itself has a crack in it and is leaking, you'll likely need to replace the water heater completely.
Once we diagnose your plumbing issue, you'll get a price to fix your water heater before any work begins—so there are no surprises.
Tell us what equipment you'd like installed, and we'll send an installation specialist to determine how much it will cost—for free.
The largest factor that determines your repair cost is the part of your water heater that needs fixed. Replacing a gas valve or heating element (on an electric water heater) will cost more than replacing a thermocouple or flushing sediment from the tank.
Most plumbers will charge some kind of "service charge" or "trip fee", which they may waive if you choose them to repair your water heater. Your cost will also depend on whether the plumber charges fixed or hourly rates.
If your water heater is still under warranty (most come with a 1-year labor and 5-year manufacturer warranty), your repair could cost a lot less. Contact the plumber that installed your tank to find out if your warranty is still valid.
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Both gas and electric tank water heaters need electricity to run (gas units need electricity to ignite the burner). Check the "water heater" breaker on your electrical panel. The breaker might have tripped, in which case you'll just need to flip the switch back to "ON". But if it keeps tripping, you'll want to call a professional to figure out what's wrong.
Gas water heaters have a valve (a handle/knob on the gas supply line leading to the unit) that controls the unit's gas supply. Make sure it's turned to the "ON" position (that is, parallel to the pipe).
Electric water heaters have a red reset button (above the thermostat) that trips when the tank's internal temperature gets too high, so your tank doesn't burst from the increased pressure of the higher temperature. If the switch keeps tripping after you reset it, call a professional.
Gas water heaters have an exhaust vent that expels toxins they produce. If the exhaust vent is blocked, your water heater won't heat your home's water as well as it should.
If you're still not getting any hot water, you'll need to call a professional to diagnose the problem.