What’s Up with my Water Heater?

Winter and water heaters. Two things you just can’t avoid. In Northern Virginia, we went from summer to a short fall to essentially and early winter very quickly. In October we were waking up to temperatures in the high 30’s!

In the midst of winter weather, the last thing you want is to be without heat or hot water. Here are some common water heater related scenarios we see at Marines Plumbing.

Recently, during showers and baths, I’ll have hot water for a few minutes and then all of a sudden it gets cold.

If you experience a shortage of hot water, more than likely your hot water heater is on the fritz. Not working efficiently is one of the first signs that there is either a disconnect in the appliance or its past its prime.

Another potential issue is that you have the wrong size water heater. If you are relying on a small water heater to heat a large house, you will never have enough hot water. Make sure you have the right size appliance for your space.

I have literally NO hot water. Anywhere. Showers, sinks, tub.

Well, this is obviously a huge issue. First and foremost, make sure that your hot water heater is plugged in and has power. As silly as that may seem, it is possible for the power to get knocked out to your water heater. Make sure there are no tripped breakers. If it does have power, but still doesn’t have any hot water, you most likely need to replace a heating element.

The last time I took a shower, it was way too hot!

Just like a lack of hot water is a serious issue, so is water that is too hot. Especially if you have young kids. Make sure the temperature on your hot water heater is not set too high. The ideal temperature should be between 115-125 degrees.

These are just a handful of some of the issues that you can experience with your hot water heater. If you are currently experiencing any of these, contact Marines Plumbing today!