No Hot Water in the Winter? We Can Help!

Are you struggling to get hot water? That can be frustrating and scary, especially as the weather gets colder. But have no fear — our expert team at Pipe Doctor Plumbing Services, serving Smithtown, Riverhead, and Brookhaven, is here to help you diagnose the root of this issue and keep your water running warm when you need it most.

Water Leak

Before your hot water becomes warm and reaches your showerheads and sinks, it has to spend time heating up. If your water heater is leaking, there won’t be any H2O for the heater to warm. To check if your system is spilling, see if the surrounding area is wet. If you do notice some puddles, you can call a professional to see if the leak is fixable, or you’ll need to replace the unit.

Depending on the type of heater you have, there could be other reasons you aren’t getting hot water. 

Gas Heater Issues

Gas Leak

If there is a leak in the line for a natural gas heater, it won’t have enough energy and power to heat your water. This can not only end with being devoid of hot water but also could lead to a dangerous situation. If you smell something strange, call your gas company as this could signify a gas leak. To get your water heater working again, you can try to relight the pilot and see if it’s working or call in a plumber at Pipe Doctor to help.

Pilot Light Problems

The pilot light sources the inferno inside your water heater, but if you’re experiencing hot water issues, the pilot light might be blown out. Check if there’s a flame in the small window in front of the heater. You might need to relight it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Pipe Doctor Plumbing Services can help you identify and solve this issue.

Faulty Thermocouple 

The purpose of this device is to stop the gas flow if the pilot light is out. It can get knocked off its right spot, so make sure it’s in the flame. You might also need to clean off the buildup on it. If neither of these actions helps, call a technician!

Electric Heater Issues

Breaker Issues

The breaker box may have been tripped! The simple fix is to make sure to flip any off switches to on. If it trips again, it may be a more serious issue with your water heater, and you should call a technician. 

Other Issues

There’s also a possibility that the high-temperature limit is off or the heating element has failed. To replace the heating element, call a technician. 


One last thing that can affect all types of heaters and appliances is age. If yours is ten years or older, you might need to replace it. Even if you’re still getting hot water, replacing your system as it reaches ten years old is a good idea to avoid that surprise cold shower on a below-freezing winter’s day.

Get Hot Water Back Quickly!

Our dedicated team at Pipe Doctor Plumbing Services is here to help you with all water heating and plumbing needs in Smithtown, Riverhead, and Brookhaven, NY.

Call us at (631) 365-3247 or visit our website for more information