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Why Does my Hot Water not last?

There’s nothing worse than expecting a nice hot shower only to find out you are standing in ice cold water. If things simply never heat up, it’s probably because your water heater has been working overtime and just needs time to heat back up. But if your hot water shower turns suddenly cold, the problem may be the unit itself. Here is a quick way to solve any hot water shower troubles.


Water Heater Problems


First, check all your fixtures throughout the house to see if your cold water shower is a singular problem or a whole-house situation. If none of the plumbing allows hot water to pass, then the problem is your water heater. Check the temperature control on the unit to see if the setting is ideal. Next, check to see if it’s blown a fuse. If you have a gas unit, it could be that the pilot light has blown out, in which case you should relight it following the manufacturer’s instructions. However, if there is still no sign of a hot water shower after the pilot has been relit, then you may have a variety of problems: obstructions in the flue, a defective part (often the thermocouple), a faulty temperature control, sediment buildup, etc. For any of these more complex replacement projects and repairs, always hire a professional plumber who can diagnose and fix the problem quickly and efficiently.


Hot Water Showers: An Isolated Incident


Once you check out other fixtures in the home, you may find it’s just your bath stall that’s suffering from sudden cold water showers. Luckily, if it’s a newer home, you won’t have to worry about replacing the pipes since the possibility of stoppage or obstructions in copper systems are rare. Unlike older galvanized steel pipes, copper pipes rarely corrode on the interior, and therefore, other than some minor oxidation, the piping stays free-flowing. First, find the shut off valve for the hot water and see if it’s closed. If so, opening the valve could remedy the situation. But if the water still remains warm for only short periods of time, you may have a problem with your bathroom shower valve.


Don’t Risk It


If you don’t trust yourself it’s probably for good reason. Plumbing is a specialty trade and even the “simplest” project can quickly turn complicated. When it comes to hot water shower problems, the diagnosis is simple, repair and replacement of the shower valve is much more difficult and requires a higher level of skill. Therefore, to avoid getting in over your head, call a professional plumber who can properly flush the valve, remove any debris in the lines, lubricate all moving parts, and replace worn components and washers.
We provide professional plumbing services for residential, commercial and industrial clients throughout Southern Florida. We provide fast response time, competitive rates, and reliable service. Scehdule an appointment today and call us at 954-445-6443


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