Why is My Water Not Hot?

Brownie's Septic & Plumbing

There are few things more frustrating than turning your shower on only to find that there’s no hot water. Even worse is when there’s no obvious reason for it. In this blog post, we’re troubleshooting the common causes of no hot water in a water heater.

Flipped Switches

Before you panic, the cause of your cold shower could be something very simple like a flipped switch. If your water heater is located in a heavily trafficked area, then it’s likely that someone could have accidentally messed with the water heaters settings.

The main gauges and switches that you should check include:

  • Pilot light - The pilot light is what ignites the burner inside of your water heater, so if the light goes out, then the burner won’t ignite, and your water won’t get heated.

  • Gas supply - Your water heater has a gas line that is controlled by a shut-off valve, if the shutoff valve is in the off position, then no gas is going to the water heater and your water will not be hot.

Broken Dip Tube

The dip tube is the part of your water heater where cold water enters, and if it’s working properly the water enters into the bottom of the tank where the heating element is located so it can heat up immediately. A broken tube, however, will leave the cold water at the top of the tank, where it won’t be exposed to the heating element. Additionally, the outlet for water entering your home is also at the top of the tank, so the unheated water will be the first to enter your home’s pipes.

These are just a few of the reasons you could be facing hot water issues in your home. The best way to get to the bottom of the problem is by contacting a professional who can give you an answer and a solution right away. Contact the experts at Brownie’s Septic & Plumbing for answers to all of your water heater questions!

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