Why Isn’t My Shower Water Hot?

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Why Isn’t My Shower Water Hot?

Have you noticed you are getting hot water out of every faucet in your home except for the shower? Or, maybe your shower water is warm, but not all that hot – or there’s no hot water in your shower at all.

Each of these problems has its own cause, so there isn’t usually one main reason why you don’t have hot water in your shower. Before you can fix the problem, you have to be able to pinpoint exactly what is happening and why.

Below are some tips to help you determine and potentially fix the problem on your own. However, if you are in need of assistance from a professional plumber, Plumbing by Jake is here to help!

Problem: Only the Shower Water Is Cold

If you have ice-cold water raining down on you from your showerhead, check the other faucets in your home to see if you have no hot water at all. If, however, the only faucet pouring out cold water is your shower, then the problem is more than likely the shower itself.

You can fix this problem on your own with some inexpensive parts from your local hardware store, if you feel confident in doing so. However, if you are nervous about taking on a plumbing issue by yourself, or if you have tried to fix it and still have not had any luck, then it’s time to call a professional for help.

Problem: All the Water in the House Is Cold

If you’ve run the hot water taps on your shower, your bathroom sink, and your kitchen sink, and cold water is pouring out of all of them, this could signal a few different problems:

  • Someone may have used up all the hot water and the water now needs time to heat up.
  • If you use a water heater, it may be experiencing an operating problem.
  • The thermometer on your hot water heater may not be high enough.
  • If you use an oil burner, it may have broken down, or you may have run out of oil.

There are some things you can try to solve these problems on your own. For instance, if you use an oil burner, measure the oil. If it’s low, you’ll need to schedule a delivery. If, however, you use a hot water heater, you can check to see if you’ve blown a fuse and that the temperature is correct. If you didn’t, and it is, then you may need to call a professional to take a deeper look.

If you think it may be a hot water usage issue, simply wait about 30 minutes after the last person took their shower before you take yours. This should be enough time for the next batch of water to heat up, which you can then use for your shower.

If you’re not sure what the problem is, or if you’ve tried all these troubleshooting tips to no avail, then give our team at Plumbing by Jake a call for assistance.

Problem: Your Shower Water Is Warm, But Not Hot

If your shower water never climbs to the temperature you need it to be, first check that the thermostat on your water heater is set to the correct temperature. Failing that, or if you don’t use a water heater, then the issue might be with the shower itself – specifically, the shower’s mixing valve, which controls the temperature of the water by “mixing” cold and hot water together.

In order to get to this valve, you need to disassemble your entire shower. Therefore, if you don’t have prior plumbing experience, it’s best to leave this kind of repair to the professionals.

Can’t Seem to Get Hot Water Out of Your Shower? Plumbing by Jake Can Help!

Plumbing can be a tricky beast, even for the “simplest” of repairs. Therefore, even if it’s something as simple as replacing a valve, you may want to call a professional. If things aren’t lined up perfectly, then you risk leakage, which can wear out your parts and equipment over time and worse – result in water damage.

Give our team a call at (928) 377-5910. We are available 24/7 to help with all of your plumbing needs – emergency or otherwise. You can also submit a request via the contact form on our website if the situation is not an emergency. A member of our team will then get back to you to schedule a service call for a date and time that works best for you and your schedule.

At Plumbing by Jake, we proudly offer all our customers a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee on all our parts and labor. We are punctual, professional, and efficient – we never leave a workspace dirtier than we found it. A plumbing issue can turn into an emergency rather quickly, so if you are experiencing difficulty with your hot water, don’t delay – call today!