Have your hot showers suddenly gone cold? If so, there is a perfectly good explanation, and more importantly, a prompt solution. Continue reading to learn the most likely reasons why your shower is no longer generating hot water and how to fix a water heating problem, fast.
Cold Shower Causes and Solutions
Water Heater Thermostat Settings
If your showers are suddenly cold, first check that your gas water heater pilot light is still lit. If this is not the problem, check the thermostat settings on your water heater. It is recommended to keep your water heater set between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not exceed 140 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding accidents. If your water heater thermostat is already set to your desired temperature, it may just be broken.
Have you noticed your showers getting colder and colder overtime? An onset of water heating issues often indicates an accumulation of sediment inside the water heater tank. Sediment is made up of limescale and hard mineral ions that precipitate out of hot water when it is heated. To prevent sediment buildup, have your water heater flushed regularly, and manage hard water with a quality water conditioning system.
Water Heater Tank Size
Do your showers start off hot or warm, but finish lukewarm or frigid cold? If so, it could be due to your water heater tank size. If your water heater tank is too small for your household, it cannot generate the quantity of hot water needed on demand. This is often the case when a house suddenly takes in more occupants. Be sure your water heater is the right size. For a household of two, a 40 to 50 gallon water heater is suggested. For a house with 4 or more occupants, add another 10 to 15 gallons of tank size per person. A family of 5, for example, would need a 70 to 80 gallon water heater.
Water Heater Parts
Whether your shower has suddenly gone cold or has gradually decreased in warmth overtime, broken water heater parts can always be a likely cause. The most common culprits are dip tubes and lower elements. When these water heater parts break or begin to malfunction, the ability for the water heater to perform as it should diminishes. The dip tube pushes cold water to the bottom of the tank where it is heated, so if it breaks, all the cold water will mix in the tank and make all available water less hot. If the lower heating element is damaged, your water is not being heated at all, resulting in cold showers galore.
Water Heater Age
Water heaters are not designed to last forever, in fact, no more than 8 to 10 years. So, if your water heater is old and you are experiencing cold showers, it could be that you need water heater replacement.
Would you like some assistance with your cold shower and water heating issues? Contact Weilhammer Plumbing Company at 317-784-1870 for professional water heater repair in Indianapolis, Indiana. We sale, service, install, and repair hot water heaters.
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