Why Is Your Water Heater Not Getting as Hot as Before?

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If your water starts out hot but then goes cold, you likely have a shortage of hot water in your house. But what if the water isn’t ever getting truly hot? Perhaps it’s getting relatively warm, but it’s never hot enough for a good, hot shower or steaming hot bath. Why is your water not heating up like it used to? There are many possible causes of your water heater not thoroughly heating your water supply. Read here to learn the common causes and find out if your water heater can be repaired or if you need a completed water heater replacement in Sacramento, CA.

Electric Heating Element

If you have an electric water heater, there is only one likely culprit when it comes to your water heater not warming the water all the way. One of the heating elements in your water heater is likely broken. Electric water heaters have two heating elements, so if 1 of them is broken, your water will likely get warm but not reach the temperature that you’ve set on the water heater.

You probably won’t need to replace the water heater to fix this problem completely. You can replace the broken heating element, and your water will return to the proper temperature.

Blown-Out Pilot Light

On the other hand, if you have a gas water heater, there are several potential sources of your problem. The first is a blown-out pilot light. This should always be the first thing you check if you are having problems with your gas water heater. Sometimes, the pilot light that helps heat your water gets blown out, and simply relighting it will get things operating like normal. Of course, if the pilot light goes out and won’t relight, you might have another problem on your hand—either an issue with the gas valve or the igniter. Both of these parts can be replaced if they’re malfunctioning, so you shouldn’t need to replace your water heater completely.

Damaged Thermocouple

If your pilot light keeps relighting but then keeps blowing out again, the issue might be a damaged thermocouple. The thermocouple works in close connection with the pilot light. It is responsible for shutting off the gas supply to the water heater when the pilot light goes out. Without the thermocouple, you would be facing a serious fire hazard any time your pilot light went out, not to mention the health impacts of a gas leak in your home. When the thermocouple is damaged, it may repeatedly shut off the gas supply because it’s not sensing that the pilot light is still on. Again, the thermocouple can be replaced on its own to fix this.

Mineral Buildup

Whether you have a gas or electric water heater, mineral buildup can be a problem that leads to insufficient heating in your hot water supply. When water is heated in your tank, minerals can settle to the bottom of the tank, where they accumulate and form a hard crust. A little mineral buildup won’t have a significant impact on the performance of your water heater. However, if the minerals are allowed to accumulate for an extended period without ever flushing out the water heater tank, they can contribute to that lukewarm water that’s so troublesome.

This is because the electric water heaters’ heating elements, pilot lights, and gas water heaters are located underneath the tank. When those minerals build up at the bottom of the tank, they create a barrier that makes it difficult for these components to properly heat the water. Depending on how severe the buildup is and how much it has hardened, you may or may not need to replace your water heater. More minor buildups can often be flushed out by flushing your water heater.

However, if things have progressed to the point where the mineral buildup is impacting your water heater’s ability to reach proper temperatures, then it probably won’t be so easily fixed. There’s a good chance that you’ll need to replace your water heater if this is the cause of your warm water.

Leaks in Your Plumbing Lines

Sometimes, you won’t get hot water from your taps because of a leak on the plumbing line between the water heater and the tap. General plumbers often misdiagnose this and recommend to unnecessarily replace your water heater to resolve the issue. So, if you have recently replaced your water heater and still are not getting hot water out of the tap, this could be the issue. To solve this, give us a call and our experienced leak detectors can determine if the problem is with the plumbing, or the heater itself.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

As we stated above, many of the issues that lead to lukewarm water in your home can be fixed by replacing a single part of your water heater. However, it’s important to assess whether or not this is the best fix. If your water heater is starting to age, it may be better to replace it completely now, so you can get a more efficient model that will last for 10 to 15 more years. We can also help you to avoid hot water shortages by providing you with a tankless hot water heater replacement in Sacramento, CA. Contact Bullseye Leak Detection today to schedule an appointment and determine the cause of your water heater troubles.