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Why Doesn’t My Water Get Hot?

Hot water is important any time of year, but you’re especially likely to notice your hot water not working if something goes wrong in the winter. Here are some likely reasons the water becomes no more than lukewarm, no matter how long you wait for it to heat up.

Why Is the Hot Water Not Working?

There could be a few different reasons why your water isn’t getting hot:

 

  • The water heater is getting old: Most typical hot water heaters last over a decade. If yours was installed longer ago than this, age might be the reason for your hot water not working. Depending on the precise malfunction, fixing your water heater might be easy. However, more complicated problems may not be worth the investment to fix. Your money could be better spent investing in a new water heater.

 

  • The thermostat setting is wrong: It sounds obvious, but before you panic about the cost of repairing your water heater, check the thermostat setting. Turn the knob all the way to the right to set it at the highest temperature. Give it an hour and see if the water gets hot. It’s important to note that the thermostat shouldn’t spin around easily; it should take some effort to twist. Replace the thermostat if it’s loose to see if that fixes the temperature problem.

 

  • There isn’t enough water: Most water heaters have a reset button. Find it and press it to reset the high temperature cutoff. Give the water heater an hour to heat up and hopefully hot water will start coming from the tap.

 

  • The tank is dirty: There’s any easy fix for this one. Simply flush the tank to remove sediment buildup and help improve heat transfer efficiency for hotter water at the tap. Repeat this maintenance step every six months to help slow sediment buildup and prolong the life of your tank.

 

  • There’s a leak: If this is your problem, it’s most likely located in the pressure relief valve located near the bottom of the tank. Check the valve and tighten it if it’s leaking. If tightening it doesn’t do the trick, have the valve replaced.

 

If your water heater passes all these tests and still has a problem producing hot water, it could be rusty, cracked, or have an invisible mechanical problem. Schedule a visit from Arctic Air Conditioning to have the problem diagnosed and repaired. We proudly serve Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer, and Ocean counties. Our experienced Monroe area plumbers serving Central Jersey provide water heater repair and much more!

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