Do you find that the water coming out of your taps is too hot? or maybe it is not quite hot enough?  Either way we have the information to help you with both!

Too Hot!

Seeing steam or hearing boiling water inside your hot water heater are not good signs.  The cause may be that your heater is failing to shut itself off at the temperature it should.  First try changing the thermostat down to a lower temperature, allow the water to cool, then turn it back to the desired temperature setting.  If it continues to get too hot or starts steaming and boiling again, it is best to call a technician as it is likely that the relief valve may need replacing.

Too Cold!

If you have no hot water at all, it could mean that your pilot light has gone out. Follow your gas hot water heater’s user instruction manual to determine how to relight the pilot light.  But if you smell gas, stop immediately and call in a technician.  If you cannot keep the pilot light lit, you  also may need to call in a hot water repair professional.

If you are running out of hot water it could be because a number of causes, surprisingly the main one is that the storage tank is too small for your water heating needs. If this is the case the best thing to do, is to replace it with a larger hot water tank.  Hot water tanks can be found in the DIY Bargain Bin Hot Water Heaters, Systems and Hydronic Systems section.

Should you be able to recall getting more hot water than you do currently then the fault could be because of a broken tube, faulty gas supply or a faulty electric element.

HomeRepair.com suggests “that a constant supply of lukewarm water during a shower could be indicative of a defective upper heating element.  Short duration hot water supply during a shower is indicative of a defective lower heating element.”

For more information on Inadequate Hot Water and repairing it yourself see the HomeRepair website.

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  1. […] it at an appropriate level in order to not burn or scold the child should it come out hot.  See Adjusting your gas hot water heater.  Also get in the habit of always turning the hot tap off first, so the cold water can cool the […]

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