Picture this: It’s been a long day at work. You're tired. Your feet are sore. Your back hurts. You need alone time, so you go to take a nice, hot soak in the shower. However, the shower won’t get warm and you have no choice but to take a cold shower.
It's one thing if your water heater has been overworking itself and needs a little time to regenerate, but if your hot shower suddenly turns cold, the problem could be much bigger. Here are tips to help you quickly diagnose your hot water troubles for your shower.
Problems with your water heater
Checking to make sure that the cold water in your shower is a singular problem and not a whole-house situation is the first thing you should do. If no hot water is passing through, your problem is the water heater. Check to see if the temperature control on the unit is set at your ideal temperature.
If you have an electric water heater, it may be a simple malfunction. Try to reset the circuit breaker and if your breaker tripped, your water should start to get hot again within an hour. However, if you're not receiving hot water beyond that point, you want to speak with a professional.
If you have a gas water heater, you should check the appliance’s supply line. Check to make sure there are no leaks. If there are no leaks, you should take a look at the gas valve. Make sure the valve is secure and correctly placed, and then double-check to see that your gas is on. If the gas is on but it is still not working, you should check the pilot light. The pilot light should be on all of the time. Relight it if it is not on. If this doesn't work either, the problem is either in your gas line or it is time for a new water heater.
Flush out the hot water valve
Rubber parts in your shower’s mixing valve get worn out over time and become distorted from old age. The mixing valve creates a balance between the flow of water from the hot and cold water lines and blends them for your desired temperature. When the valve becomes distorted, it can swell and restrict the waterways. The swelling makes the water temperature travel increase, and it is common for the rubber parts to break off into the mixing valve. These broken pieces can cause an obstruction in the hot water valve. Take off this part and flush out your hot water valve to get rid of the rubber parts, so that hot water can pass through again.
Check out your anti-scald device
A device called an anti-scald device is placed in most modern shower heads today. This device is made to prevent extremely hot waters from scalding people while showering. If it is set too high or if it is broken, it may prevent almost any hot water from coming through your showerhead. If this is the case, your showerhead will need to be dismantled to fix it. Calling a professional to fix this is the best thing to do. You do not want to make an error with a device that is made to protect you from scalding hazards.
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