Ever wondered why your usual hot water shower turned cold all of a sudden? That might be because there are problems that require plumbing fixes. Your faucets shower mixing valve or your water heater are all plumbing devices.
Depending on your preference, showering in cold water isn’t ideal, especially in the colder seasons. For many people there are a variety of reasons hot water is essential to our daily lives. For some, hot water is relaxing after a long day of work. Others prefer it to start the day right. Hot water may even be needed for medical reasons, such as comforting to elders or people who need assistance in their day to day routines.
In this article, we will explain what causes a sudden temperature change, and why you need a professional to fix your hot water shower problems. There are many reasons why your hot water won’t come out. Here are some of the top reasons why your water heater has stopped working.
Reasons Your Water Heater is not Working
Your anti-scald device is set too high
Your anti-scald devices, also known as your hot limit stop or rotational stop, are a safety feature faucets have. What it does is that it limits how far your shower handle can rotate in the hot water direction. This feature on your faucet helps prevent being blasted with the hottest temperature your water heater can provide.
Now, if you are getting hot water from everywhere but your shower, then the reason may be that your anti-scald device is set too high. If this happens, start by locating it on your unit. It is usually the plastic device under the faucet head. Then, adjust it and check to change the water temperature.
The shower mixing valve isn’t functioning.
Your shower mixing valve is in charge of controlling the water’s temperature coming out from your shower by blending cold and hot water together. If these valves wear out or are positioned incorrectly, it can cause uncomfortable shower temperatures to come out.
Accessing the valves requires disassembling your shower fixtures. This is difficult to do if you aren’t a professional. It is best to hire a qualified professional to do the repairs and replacement for you. Give SPS Plumbing a phone call to further assess any water heating related issue.
The water heater needs fixing.
If you check all the fixtures throughout your house and find that none of the plumbing allows hot water to pass, then the problem is your water heater. Fixing the water heater requires checking the unit’s temperature control to see that the setting is ideal and if it’s blown a fuse. If you have a gas unit, then it could be that the pilot light has blown out.
But, if you find that there is still no sign of a hot water shower after the pilot has been relit, there may be other problems that occur in your water heaters such as defective parts, temperature control, and sediment buildup. In this case, it is best to consult with expert plumbers, such as SPS Plumbing.
Don’t risk fixing these hot water problems yourself.
Diagnosis is simple for hot water shower problems, but the actual operation and execution are different stories. Fixes involving your water heater and the body of the shower valve requires professional help. For the shower valve, they are hidden in the wall and not readily accessible. Hiring a professional is advised since you will need to handle it with extra care to avoid damage.
Contact SPS Plumbing
When you run into water heater problems, the best solution is to leave it to professionals. SPS Plumbing has a pool of certified plumbers qualified to fix and install any water heater related issue. Call SPS Plumbing today at 408-622-8183 (South Bay Area) or 209-597-9107 (Central Valley)!