It is a terrible inconvenience when there is no hot water in your shower. You expect your shower to be hot when you step into it. The thing to remember is the hot water comes from your hot water tank. Usually most problems with no hot water in a shower can be traced back to a problem with a hot water heater.
Hot Water Heater
The first thing to do is to check that the temperature on the water heater is set correctly. If the water in your shower never gets hot the problem could be with the temperature control. If your water heater is an electric water heater it is possible that an element could have burned out. When this happens the water either does not get hot at all or only gets hot for a short period of time. What happens on many older water heaters is that the dip tube in the cold water supply may have started to deteriorate. In this case the broken dip tube sends cold water up the hot water pipe instead of sending cold water to the burner for heating. That leaves your shower with no hot water. To check if this is the problem examine your faucet for any small pieces of plastic. If you find any this is a good sign that the dip tube has has deteriorated and is beginning to break apart.
Check Your Faucets
You should check your faucets for hot water to determine if the problem is in the entire house or just in the shower. If the faucet never gets hot that means the dip tube is most likely the issue. If they start hot but then go to cold water quickly the problem is most likely a burner in your water heater. If your faucets maintain a steady stream of hot water then the problem lies in the shower component. .
Check The Shower Valve
The next place to check is the shower valve. The shower valve’s function is to mix hot and cold water to bring you the desired temperature of your shower. If there is a problem with the valve it is often due to the washers or O-rings wearing out causing the valve to not mix correctly. Often when this occurs when you turn your shower valve to hot you will instead get cold water.
If you have an older home your problem could come from cross-connected pipes. Prior to the modern shower valves they were used to balance the flow of hot and cold water. If none of the preceding checks found the source of your problem and your home is an older home these pipes could very well be the issue. In this case you will need to call a professional Greenville plumber – KT Plumbing 864-663-6105.
What To Do To Save On Hot Water Usage
If you have a larger family space shower out if possible. If four people take showers back to back it is very likely that the last person is going to have little or no hot water. Also try and not run other appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines that use hot water during times that anyone will be taking a shower. It may be time to think about upgrading your hot water heater as well. Call us 864-663-6105 to explore your options on new water heaters we can help you get the best possible water heater for your family’s needs. You will also get our professional installation to ensure that it is installed and set up correctly.