What To Do When You Don’t Get Hot Water In Your Faucet?
You are in a hurry. The party starts in an hour. You are all set to shower and leave. That is when you realise that the water in the faucet is not hot. It will take a while for it to get warm again. Don’t worry. All is not hopeless. There are tricks that can be done to get the water to flow hot and quick. An electric water heater operates much differently than a gas water heater. The problems that could arise are too hot water or not enough hot water. What do you do when there is not enough hot water?
What To Do?
Replacing bathroom faucet is something that can be done. That will take time, though.
One of the most popular methods to get the hot water going is to turn on the bathtub at a speed much higher than the normal rate. This can replace the water in the tubes much faster. It might seem like wasting water. You can collect it in a bucket and water the plants instead of letting it go down the drain.
There are booster heaters that can be used to speed up the hot water to the tap. This is also known as ‘point of use’ water heater. Short cut methods such as having a booster heater at home can be used in case of emergency.
Check the dial on the heater. If the temperature outside is too cold or has suddenly dropped quite significantly, there are chances that the water heater must have to work harder to heat the inbound cold water. When the water runs through unheated spaces, it cools faster. Readjusting the dial on the heater will be a good idea to get back some hot water in your faucet.
Another option is to check if the water heater is leaking. This might be a reason why there isn’t sufficient hot water in the faucet. Leaks must be closed immediately to ensure the smooth and uninterrupted flow of hot water.
This could also be the perfect time to check the temperature pressure relief valve. This is a mechanism that prevents the pressure from building up in the boiler. This should be in a proper working condition. Water ought to drain from the overflow pipe.
Try opening the hot water outlet valve by turning it in the counter clockwise direction all the way. The gas could be off in a gas heater. Any electric item could have burnt off in an electric heater. The heater ought to be working. Disassembling the faucet could also be a good idea to check why there is no hot water in the faucet.
Another reason could be a leak in the pipe itself. A split or a broken pipe could mean the cold water is mixing with the hot water.
Tankless water heaters are one way to never run out of hot water. Placing a faucet in the sink and using it as and when you please, is now a pleasure. However, problems with these faucets are bound to recur; hence it is always better to learn how to replace a faucet when you have the time.