Why Your Hot Water Heater Just Isn't Hot Enough

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You may notice that the water coming out of your faucet is just not hot enough. This can make many activities, such as cleaning your home, much more difficult. If that is the case, you need to get to the bottom of why your faucet isn't warm enough.

You Might Not Have the Right Hot Water Heater

The hot water heater might just not be large enough to fulfill the needs of your home. The hot water heater might not be set at a temperature that is suitable for the needs of your home.

You May Have Sediment Buildup

You may have sediment building up in your water heater tank. Water that enters the water heater tank carries dissolved minerals, sand, and other forms of sediment. If you do not clean out the sediment, the hot water heater won't function properly.

The Dip Tube Might Be Broken

The dip tube is an important part of your hot water heater. It shoots cool water to the bottom of the water heater and the heater is then able to heat the water up very quickly. If the dip tube is broken, your hot water heater will not be able to heat water up fast enough. 

You May Have Mechanical Issues

The circuit breaker in the service panel might have tripped. If it has tripped, you will need to switch it off and turn it back on again. If it hasn't tripped, turn off the breaker and remove the access panel. Remove the plastic safety guard and the insulation. Make sure you do not touch the wires or the electrical terminal. Press the reset button. Then, remove the insulation, safety guard, and the access panel. Turn off the circuit breaker. If this approach doesn't work, you must test the heating element to make sure it's functioning properly.

​A Heating Component Might Be Defective

You may have a heating system that is just not heating the water up. You might have a heating element that isn't functioning properly. There might be a connection problem that is preventing the heating element from powering up. Your heating system is more likely to break down if you do not perform regular maintenance and if you do not have a water heater repair technician inspect it. The common heating components that fail are the thermostat and the thermal switch. You're best off having these components diagnosed by a water heater repair technician.

Contact a company like Make It Drain Plumbing for more information. 

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