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Hot Water

Hot steaming running tap water is pouring out of a stainless steel kitchen faucet.

Are you a homeowner that’s frustrated because your water isn’t getting hot? I know I can’t stand it if I don’t have hot water or if it barely stays warm. When you turn on the tap water, you want the water to get hot quickly, and if it’s not, something may have malfunctioned and could need repair. Here are some possible causes to why your water is not getting hot.

Broken Burner

If you have a gas-powered water heater, the burner unit below the tank has gas jets that will light and transfer heat to the water in the tank. If the burner is dirty or begins to corrode, it will have a hard time igniting.

Broken Heating Element

If you have an electric water heater, the heating elements inside the tank can break and lead to a loss of hot water. Sometimes, your water will slowly start to cool down and this could be because the element has burned out. If the second element fails, you’ll be left with only cold water. If the heating element is not burned out, it may just have flipped off because of a tripped circuit or a blown fuse, so check the fuse box as well.

Faulty Gas Control Valve

If the gas control valve isn’t working properly, it will cut off the gas supply to the burner won’t be able to get to the water to warm up.Eventually, the gas jets will not be able to turn on and the water in the tank will not heat.

Pilot light

The pilot light will ignite your water heater’s burner and if it goes out, there is nothing to heat the water. You can see if the pilot light is out by removing the cover of the water heater and inspecting the light. Your water heater will usually have directions on how to relight it. Once it’s on, you’ll need to wait about 30 minutes to let the burners heat up the water. If you have done this a few times and the light keeps going out, you should contact a plumbing professional to get it looked at.

If your water is still warm, but not as hot as it normally is, this could also indicate a problem with your tank. Lukewarm water should not be ignored, especially if it continues this way for a long period of time. Contact our team of plumbing professionals at Immediate Response Plumbing if the water in your home is not heating up properly.

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