It’s every homeowner’s nightmare. You’re about to get into a relaxing, pampering shower or bath after a hard day’s work and the hot water is not working. The idea of relaxing in your bathroom suite is in jeapordy! Our quick “How to” guide is here to show you how to rectify the situation and return to a luxurious bath or shower experience as soon as possible.
Assessing the situation
Firstly, take a look at your gas, electrical and water supplies and ensure that they are all turned on. This may sound like the IT version of ‘just turn it on and off again’ but sometimes this simple manoeuvre is all it takes and it eradicates a lot of further fuss. It’s also very easily for such things to accidentally be turned off unbeknownst to home owners.
Ensure that your thermostat is turned on and is on a high temperature. You’ll also want to check that the clock timer is on.
A pressure gauge will show you your current water pressure. Although this number varies, typically you’ll want it set to around bar 1. You’ll need to check your pressure specifications before setting.
If you have an older appliance, your pilot light may have gone out! This is a surprisingly common issue that many with traditional systems experience.
Ideas to resolve the situation
Sometimes, putting your heating system on its maximum setting for a short while can kick start it into behaving accordingly.
If the clocks have gone backwards or forwards and you operate using a clock programming, it may simply have fallen out of sync. You’ll need to adjust it manually to get it going again.
If you’ve recently experienced a power cut, your clock programmer may have regressed back to its initial factory settings. You can test your central heating by entering a specified time for it to commence to test that it’s up and running and then you can insert your preferred settings again.
If your system operates using a customer-operated reset switch you may need to re-set it. Refer to your user manual to see if this is the case. In fact, it’s always advisable to ensure you retain your manual in order to have it to hand when such issues arise! They might not be the most exciting reading material, but they do contain useful advice.
Turn your electrical supply for your boiler off and on. Causing your boiler to reset may rectify the issue.
Call in help
If in doubt and you don’t know where to start, simply call in an engineer to take a look. They’ll know what to look for and will put your mind at ease.