ARGHHHH! Cold shower AGAIN! Cold showers are the pits (unless it is 95 degrees, with 90% humidity and you just ran a 5k, but that is neither here nor there). If yelling at your kids to stop wasting all the hot water by taking 30 minute showers hasn’t improved your shower’s heat, you may want to look into these other possible reasons for why your hot water heater isn’t working.
Is the pilot light out?
This should be the first thing you check if your hot water has not been working. If the pilot light is out, you have most likely found the solution to your problem! Just re-light the pilot and see if that improves things. If you are unsure of how to do this, the manufacturer’s instructions for your heater should give you information about it. If not, call a respectable heating and cooling company.
Is the temperature too low?
If you tend to set the water heater’s temperature lower to save money, you may have set it TOO low. Though it is a fantastic idea to save some money and energy that way, you just want to make sure that the temperature is still high enough to heat up all of your home’s water the way that you want it to.
Is you water heater sized properly?
As with furnaces and air conditioners, a water heater needs to be the correct size for best results. Your home should use about 75% of the water that the water heater holds, so you want to make sure that you have a heater large enough for that. Unfortunately, if you do not, you may need to invest in a new water heater. A professional heating and cooling company can come to your home and size it and figure out what size is just right for you!
Is the Dip Tube broken? What even is a dip tube?
The dip tube brings the cold water in the tank down to the bottom so that it can be heated up. A broken tube means that hot and cold water are mixing, both in the tank and in your shower! Replacing the dip tube may fix the problem, but you may need a whole new unit.