What Should I Do When The Hot Water Has Stopped Working


What would we all do without our hot water? Just turn that tap and like magic, out it pours, day by day and is just one of those day to day things which most people take for granted, and don’t realise how lucky they are to have, until it’s not there! Go under a cold shower? No way! Just the thought of that is enough to make the majority of folk whimper! And as for a cold bath, um, no thanks!

Typically, inside of our homes, we just assume that things will always be working and stay that way for as long as possible, with no concern at all about whether they won’t tomorrow. However, machines being machines, the time will ultimately arrive at some time in the future when they actually will stop operating.

Look it over

If you do indeed find yourself without any hot water, you’ll need to get things up and running as soon as can be, so let’s take a look at what you need to do:

Inspect the Gas, Electric and Water Supply

  • If yours is a gas or electric boiler, you should make sure that the energy supply is connected and working properly.
  • Check that the water supply is still on.
  • All of these are easy to mistakenly turn off, and will save you a lot of trouble otherwise.

Boiler Reset

  • Reset your boiler or try turning off the power to the boiler and then back on again.
  • There is the possibility that this just might fix the problem.


  • Today, modern boilers allow you to change the temperature of radiators or hot water system by way of a dial.
  • Ensure that these have not been switched to the coldest settings.
  • Try kick-starting your boiler by turning it up high for a short time, and then back to normal once the hot water has restored itself.

Clock and Timer

  • Is there a timer on your boiler? If yes, check to see if the clock is set at the proper time, because boilers, occasionally forget when clocks change forwards or backwards.
  • Also, make sure that your timer is set for the hot water to be available when you want it.
  • Take a note, then contact the specialists Smartheat Plumbing for additional assistance.

Any Recent Power Cuts?

  • If there was a power cut recently, the boiler might have switched back to default factory settings when power was restored, so it might not now be set as it was before.
  • Check all settings and change them as necessary.

Diverter Valve

  • If your central heating is working just fine, but there isn’t any hot water from the taps, there may be a diverter valve issue.
  • If this is indeed the problem, then the diverter valve is more than likely faulty, or may be jammed in the central heating position.

Get it Fixed ASAP!

The above are the basics, and if there’s still nothing going on, you will then need professional help, so contact and consult with local skilled people in the business.

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