Four Common Hot Water Problems And What to Do About Them


If your water heater doesn’t seem to be doing its job properly, there could be a number of reasons. Maybe it’s too small for your needs, or there’s a build up of sediment, or you have a leak. The best way to zero in on the real culprit is to work backwards. Here are four common hot water problems and what to do about them.

You Run Out of Hot Water Far Too Quickly

There are two heating elements in most standard water heaters. These elements are located at the bottom and the top of the tank.  It’s the job of the top element to re-heat water at the top of the tank, while the bottom element is designed to heat water that’s added to the tank to maintain a constant temperature. But if the bottom element isn’t working properly, your only source of hot water is the top heating element. That’s how you find yourself suddenly standing in freezing water in the shower. The solution, of course, is to repair or replace the bottom heater element. That’s something the professionals at River City Plumbing in Reno can handle for you – just contact us.

Your Water Alternates Between Hot and Cold

If your issue is water that jumps between hot and cold, sediment build up could be the problem. This is an issue in older tanks and pipes. Sediment leaves less room for hot water in your tank, and it also absorbs the heat generated by the heating element. RCP recommends annual flushing and draining, but if that doesn’t solve the problem, it’s probably time to think about replacing that tank.

Your Water Just Isn’t Hot

First, check your thermostat to see if the issue is where you’ve set the temperature. If you have it set to a reasonable temperature, and you’re still dealing with lukewarm or even cold water, look for a reset button. Still no luck? Give us a call. The problem could be a malfunctioning thermostat or a broken dip tube, which pushes cold water to the bottom of the tank for heating. A broken dip tube means incoming cold water mixes with the already heated water, creating that lukewarm water situation.

You Regularly Run Out of Hot Water

If every morning is a race to the shower so you don’t get stuck with cold water, your hot water tank is probably just too small. RCP can make recommendations that will work with your family’s needs, so contact us today to schedule a visit.

There are other reasons that you may be dealing with hot water issues, and the professionals at RCP in Reno can diagnose the issue and put forth the best solution. You don’t have to put up with hot water problems, and we can help.

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