Why Do I Have No Hot Water?

Why Do I Have No Hot Water?. Man in Shower with soap in eyes and no water.

Few things are more frustrating than turning on the tap expecting pleasantly warm water, only to be met with an icy blast.

A lack of hot water in your Tacoma home may not be as serious as a major water leak, but it can cause great discomfort and disrupt daily routines. Understanding the reasons behind this common issue will help you figure out what’s going on and take appropriate action to restore hot water to your home.

With years of experience resolving this problem for Washington homeowners, the experts at Resicon, LLC may be able to help. 

Sediment Build-Up in the Water Heater

If you have a storage water heater, sediment, minerals, and other debris in your Washington water supply might accumulate over time at the bottom of your water heater tank. This sediment can eventually create a barrier between the heating element and the water, preventing efficient heat transfer and taking up space, which in turn reduces the amount of hot water available.

Get your water heater flushed and consider a sediment filtration system to prevent this issue in the future. 

Problems in Your Heating System

If one or both of the heating elements fail in an electric water heater, it may not be able to produce hot water or may only have a limited or lukewarm supply. For a gas water heater, the problem could be that your pilot light has gone out or a malfunction in your ignition system.

Try relighting the pilot light, or have one of our Resicon, LLC qualified technicians test your system, find the problem, and restore hot water to your Tacoma home.

Thermostat Problems

The thermostat on your water heater controls the temperature of the water in the tank. If the thermostat is set too low or malfunctions, your water heater may not produce enough hot water to meet the needs of your Tacoma home. Check your thermostat settings and adjust them as needed to ensure that the water temperature is set to your desired level. If the thermostat is faulty, a qualified Resicon, LLC technician may need to replace it.

Dip Tube Issues

The dip tube is a plastic tube that delivers cold water to the bottom of the water heater tank, where it can be heated. If the dip tube becomes damaged or deteriorates over time, cold water may mix with the hot water at the top of the tank, resulting in lukewarm or cold water coming out of the tap. Replacing the dip tube can restore proper hot water flow in your Washington home.

Water Heater Size

If your water heater is too small for your household’s hot water needs, you may run out quickly, especially during peak usage times. Consider upgrading to a larger water heater or supplementing your existing water heater with a tankless water heater or point-of-use water heater to ensure plenty of hot water in your Washington home.

Plumbing Issues

Leaks, clogs, or other plumbing issues in your hot water pipes can restrict water flow and prevent hot water from reaching your faucets and fixtures. Have our team inspect your system and provide the necessary plumbing services to restore hot water flow.

Get Help Today

Understanding the reasons behind your hot water problems can help you take appropriate action to diagnose and resolve the problem, ensuring a steady supply of hot water for your Tacoma, Washington home. Don’t hesitate to call Resicon, LLC for nearby plumbing repairs and services. You can reach us at 253-342-2360 or request service online.

Need HVAC Service?

Read More of Our Articles

View other articles.