When you've had a long, rough day at work, you don't want to come home, jump in the shower, and only have cold water hit you in the face. With the colder temperatures arriving, you definitely need your hot water, which means you need a properly working hot water heater. Here are a few reasons why you may be dealing with cold water in your home.
The Capacity of the Water Heater Can't Meet Your Needs
The water heater's capacity will directly impact the amount of hot water that you receive throughout the home. When you purchase a water heater yourself, you can ensure that the equipment meets your needs. However, when you move into a home with one installed already, it may not be large enough to meet your family's needs. The more individuals living under a roof, the more hot water that will be needed. A replacement is the only solution in this case.
There Is Considerable Sediment Build-up
The older your system is, the more likely there may be sediment build-up in the tank. If your water heater is reaching the end of its lifespan (about 10 years), then there is a good chance that this may be the problem. This build-up of sediment can reduce the amount of storage that the water heater has. You should contact a professional to perform a flush. However, depending on how bad the issue is, a replacement may be necessary. Routine maintenance on your water heater can prevent this particular issue and prevent similar issues in the future.
The Water Heater Is Not Switching On
If your water heater is not coming on, then the problem will depend on whether you have a gas or electric system. With a gas water heater, it could be a result of ineffective installation. The gas connection could be blocked or the pilot light could have burned out. You will need to check the gas valves and lines to ensure they are properly connected and indeed in the open position. With an electric water heater, the breaker may have tripped. Therefore, you will need to check the breaker and reset it, if necessary. If you continue having issues, call a water heater repair professional.
Any of the aforementioned issues can result in you dealing with a cold shower in the morning or evening. If you have experienced cold water when you should have hot water, get in touch with a water heater repair service to find out what is going on and have the issue addressed.