After a hard day at work, a hot, relaxing shower is what you need. Instead of the usual hot water stream, you are met with an icy blast. It’s unpleasant is the best way to describe it.
Hot water is something we take for granted. The hot water system in your home is the most overlooked appliance. It doesn’t get any attention until you have no hot water. Dulwich Plumber is an area-based plumbing heating, gas, and heating company. We are situated within the South East London region. Our Plumbers Camberwell service carries out all sorts of central heating breakdown repairs both rapidly and professionally. Additionally, our service includes boiler breakdowns and repairs.
Electric Storage Hot Water System Issues
Are you looking for an electric storage tank to store your stuff? These are some of the most common issues we have with this type system.
Faulty Heating Elements
Faulty heating elements are one of the leading causes of hot water not being heated in electric water heaters. This is the part that heats your water heater.
A licensed plumber can replace heating elements. If the heating element is defective, it may be time to upgrade your entire system.
The thermostat regulates the temperature of hot water. Two thermostats are common for electric water heaters. One at the bottom controls the bottom heating element, and one at top controls the top and bottom heating elements.
If the thermostat on the bottom is damaged, your water won’t be hot enough. However, if the top thermostat is defective, you will likely not have hot water.
A malfunctioning thermostat can, depending on the cause, be repaired or replaced.
Slipping High-Temperature Cutoff Switch
The high-temperature cutoff switch in your electric water heater will shut off heating elements when the temperature reaches too high. This is a simple fix. Your water heater will come with a reset button that you can click to turn on the heating.
Circuit Break Tripping
Your no hot water could be caused by a tripping circuit breaker. It is possible to identify the cause of your cold shower by connecting your hot water system with a dedicated circuit.
This will make it easy to pinpoint the problem as the hot water system circuit breaker is the only one that is out of line with the rest. This type of problem can only be solved by a professional electrician or plumber.
Problems with Gas Storage Hot Water System
You have another set of problems if you have a gas water heater.
No Gas Supply
If your gas water heater doesn’t heat water, the first thing you should check is whether it contains any gas. It is possible that the gas line was accidentally shut off. If so, make sure the gas valve is not on. You will need to open the valve once more and relight your pilot light if this is the case.
General Hot Water System Problems
No matter what kind of hot water system your have, there are common issues you should be aware of.
It might be time to replace your hot water heater if the thermostat seems to be working correctly, but there is no hot water. A licensed plumber should perform this task.
Over time, sediment can build up on the burner of your water heater and can affect its ability to heat water. They can be replaced but it is recommended to replace the entire unit if any of these components fail.
A leaking water heater will cause no water heating in the first place. Leaking tanks cannot be fixed and will require a complete system replacement.
Tank size is insufficient
The problem with storage tank hot water systems is the limited amount of hot water that they can hold at any given time. You will have to wait until the tank is full to heat the water again. You’ll have no hot water in the meantime.
Instant Hot Water System Problems
If you have instant hot water, there are two things that could be causing your no hot water.
Low Flow Fixtures
First, your fixtures don’t have enough flow rate to cause your instant water heater not to turn on. These water heaters don’t heat water unless you turn on a hot tap. The flow rate must be high enough to allow the system to sense it is on. Homes with low-flow fixtures can sometimes have this problem.
Exceed Unit Flow Rate
Your home may be using too many hot water points at once, exceeding the flow rate of your unit. The hot water may feel cold or lukewarm because it is not evenly distributed.