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Potential Causes of Cold Showers

June 11 / 2021

Potential Causes of Cold Showers

When it comes to showering, there are very few people who actually enjoy cold showers. There’s nothing worse than getting ready for a nice warm shower after a long day, and then stepping into your shower and having freezing cold water pouring down on you. If you step into an unexpected cold shower, it’s time to call Rooter Hero Plumbing of Phoenix, AZ!
Dealing with cold showers is something that most people who brush off as their hot water heater just needs a ‘break’. Not only are cold showers extremely uncomfortable, but they are also a red flag that your hot water heater isn’t working as it should be.

4 Causes of Cold Showers

If you find yourself stuck with nothing but cold showers and you live in Phoenix, AZ, you should get on the phone with Rooter Hero Plumbing right now! 
Here are the 4 most common causes of cold showers:

1.    Hot water use
Before you freak out too much, think about all the water you’ve used in your house that day, and how much hot water you’ve already used. For most water heaters, there is a limited supply of hot water that you can use before your tank runs dry and needs a refill. If you’ve already done 5 loads of laundry, ran the dishwasher, and bathed your children, there is nothing to worry about. But if you have barely used any hot water that day, you should get your tank checked. Just wait 30 minutes and try again – if you’re still experiencing only cold water, call Rooter Hero Plumbing today.

2.    Test other faucets
To determine if you are fully out of hot water, test your other faucets to see if they get hot water. Try your kitchen sink and your bathroom sinks, and if you don’t have hot water anywhere, it’s time to call one of our experienced plumbers in. 

3.    Check your water heater
After you checked all your faucets and determined you have no hot water, it’s time to check the tank itself. You’ll first want to ensure the pilot light is on and you have the temperature set properly to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you notice any water around your tank or weird noises, call us today!

4.    Look at your shower valve
Going back to reason #2, we want you to go back around your house and see which faucets get warm water (if any). If all your other faucets are getting hot water and it’s just your shower that isn’t, you might have an issue with your shower valve. The parts of your shower valve can wear out over time, so this could be an easy fix. 

Water Heater Repair in Phoenix, AZ

If you are dealing with cold showers and can’t determine why, use these 4 bullets to determine where your issues is. If you are getting hot water everywhere else in your home but your shower, it’s probably an issue with the shower valve, not your entire water heater. 
If you can’t figure out what issues you are having with your water heater, trust the team at Rooter Hero Plumbing of Phoenix, AZ! To schedule an appointment, give us a call today!