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Hot water is a luxury that most of us take for granted, which becomes abundantly clear the first time you step into your shower to find only ice-cold water. If you find yourself in this situation, it makes sense to want a speedy solution. So why won’t your water heat up?

Why Won’t My Water Heat Up?

Fortunately, your plumbing specialists in Pasadena are available to diagnose and fix whatever problem you may have if it pertains to your plumbing. Still, you should keep in mind that some issues may require the assistance of your gas company or local electrician. These are some of the most common reasons you may not be getting hot water.

Your Usage Exceeds the Capability of Your Tank

When it comes to your water heater, the simplest explanation is often correct. Many families go through periods of time where their hot water usage increases due to new additions or changing habits.

If you’re experiencing intermittent loss of hot water, particularly after one or more other people in your household have showered, then this is likely the case. To fix the issue, you’ll need to have a larger or more efficient tank installed.

The Weather Is Working Against You

In sunny southern California, most of us don’t have to worry about the weather affecting the efficiency of our hot water heater. However, in the mountains and other parts of the country a serious cold snap could be more than your water heater is prepared for.

If your water heater is fighting against extreme outdoor temperatures, then talk to your New Generation plumbing contractor in Pasadena to find ways of insulating your water heater more effectively without creating a potential hazard.

There’s A Leak

Your water heater cannot work properly if there’s no water in the tank. As a result, a water heater leak may be your problem, and it’s pretty easy to visually diagnose in most cases. You may have to replace your water heater, but at least it isn’t dangerous.

The other type of leak isn’t so easy. If you have a gas water heater, there is the potential for a gas leak. If there are any signs that point towards a gas leak, especially the signature “rotten egg” smell added to natural gas then you need to get everyone out of the home, open your garage door or any windows where your water heater is, and call the gas company. This is an emergency situation.

A Specific Part Is Malfunctioning

There are a number of smaller parts that could malfunction and cause a loss of hot water. The most common are the gas valve, thermostat, and electrical. Of course, your hot water heater will only have two of these depending on the form of energy it uses.

With the exception of electrical issues, which are obvious if your water heater keeps tripping your circuit breaker, your local plumber is typically your best source of aid for minor water heater repairs. However, these types of malfunctions can typically be avoided by having routine plumbing inspections, which should occur every five years.

Water Heater Malfunctions in Perspective

Fortunately, the vast majority of water heater malfunctions are not dangerous. And they will do no damage to the rest of your home. Try having professional inspections every five years and visually inspecting your own water heater for leaks and damage. Doing this, you’ll avoid expensive and potentially dangerous malfunctions in the long run.

However, if your water heater does run into trouble, you have your local professional plumber to help you diagnose and fix those issues. With a little persistence, you’ll be back to enjoying wonderfully warm showers before you know it.