Five Reasons Your Hot Water Isn't Hot Enough

Five Reasons Your Hot Water Isn’t Hot Enough

March 20, 2019

As a homeowner, you understand the importance of regular maintenance. Take care of your home and it will protect you, your family and your belongings for years to come. However, while you likely want to focus on the structural aspects of your house, don’t forget about the things that keep your indoor environment comfortable—like your water heater.

Preventative maintenance is the key to avoiding costly water heater repair in Coweta County, GA, and you shouldn’t hesitate to call a professional if something seems off. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five reasons why your home’s hot water isn’t getting hot enough:

  • Pilot light is off: The pilot light on your water heater is the part that ignites the burner on the unit, so if the pilot light is not on, then there’s no heat to warm up the water. It’s easy to check your pilot light. Remove the water heater’s cover and look at the control knob. If it’s in the OFF position, simply switch it back to ON. If it is already on and not heating your water, the problem is elsewhere.
  • Gas control valve issues: Go over to your water heater and give it a sniff. Does it smell awful, like rotten eggs or week-old garbage? If so, then your hot water issue likely stems from a leak in the gas line. A gas leak is an extremely dangerous situation, so contact a professional immediately. Once the gas line is repaired and your home is safe, you can test the water heater again.
  • Heating element failure: The average residential water heater has two separate heating elements. Noticing a drop in your hot water temperature could mean one of the elements has burnt out. Call a professional soon, because if the second element burns out, all you’ll have is cold water. No one wants to stand under a cold shower first thing in the morning!
  • Sediment buildup: Your water might not be hot enough due to sediment buildup in your water heater. This doesn’t come as a surprise, especially since regularly used home appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, water heaters and others can have dirty water lines and/or tanks. As such, they need to be cleaned out once every few months. To reduce the rate of sediment buildup and cut back on required cleanings, consider adding a water softener.
  • Dip tube problems: You might not know this, but your water heater problem could be the result of a defective dip tube. This is the part that handles incoming cold water before it is converted into hot water. Under normal circumstances, the dip tube shoots cold water to the bottom of the tank, where it’s quickly heated. A broken dip tube allows cold water to go where is shouldn’t, which affects your overall water temperature.

If you need professional water heater repair in Coweta County, GA, reach out to the expert team at Victor Moody Plumbing Inc. Call us anytime to schedule an appointment!

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