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Hot Water Heater Not Working?

Sometimes a cold shower is just what you want.  However, most of the time, that is exactly what you do not want.  Here are some possibly reasons why your hot water heating isn’t hot enough or is not working.

  • The first thing you want to check with a gas hot water heater is the pilot light.  If that is out, you will not be receiving any hot water in your home.  This is a fairly easy problem to fix, simply re-light it!  If you are unsure how to do this, find the manufacturer’s instructions.  They should be able to explain how to.
  • Another problem for not having enough hot water in your home, is that your heater may not be the correct size for your home.  Your home should use about 75% of the water that the hot water heater holds.  Unfortunately this problem is not as easy to solve.  You could call a place like Flame Furnace and have a new hot water heater properly sized for your home.
  •  Also, though a lower temperature on your hot water heater saves money and energy, it could be too low.  If the temperature is too low the hot water in your home will not heat up as much as you want.  Try turning up the temperature just a little bit.
  • The dip tube is what brings the cold water to the bottom of the tank so it can be heated up.  If the dip tube is broken, hot and cold water can be mixing together which makes your already heated water not as cold.  You can try replacing the dip tube, or getting a new hot water heater to fix this problem.

The next time your shower is not as warm as you want it to be, you may want to look into these possible sources of the problem!

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