Why Is There No Hot Water in My Shower?
When you prepare for a shower, you expect the water to feel warm and comfortable. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. It may be shocking when you encounter no hot water in the shower. Instead, the water temperature feels so cold that it leaves you shivering.
If your shower is not heating up, there’s likely an issue with your water heater. It could be overworked and need time to regenerate. However, there may be other complications. Sometimes, your shower may stay warm for a short time until it suddenly turns cold. This problem can be complex to diagnose, so you should consult a professional plumber for help.
Not having hot water can be a significant inconvenience. You should discover the root cause and avoid an ongoing problem. Let’s find out why there is no hot water in your shower.
Water shutoff valve
The water shutoff valve controls the supply to the shower. Sometimes, the valve may be closed accidentally, preventing hot water circulation. Locate the valve and check if it’s closed. If you find an open shutoff valve, consider shutting it and draining the remaining water in the line. After all the water drains, reopen the shutoff. There could have been something clogged in the line, so changing the pressure might resolve the issue.
Finding the shutoff for the shower may take some effort. Often, it’s near the bathroom or in a utility closet. Alternatively, you may find the valve in the basement.
Broken water heater
After checking the water shutoff, you should inspect the other fixtures in your home. Walk around your house to see if your bathroom and kitchen sinks give hot water. If you don’t get hot water from your other fixtures, the problem is likely in your water heater. A broken heater prevents the hot water from reaching your shower.
Inspect your water heater to determine if there is a problem. First, assess the heater for signs of damage like leaks, corrosion, or rust. Physical deterioration affects the equipment’s ability to work correctly. In addition, check the temperature control of the unit, which should be around 49°C. Sometimes, a broken water heater displays an inaccurate temperature reading.
If your water heater is a gas unit, there is a chance the pilot light has blown out. Relight the heater and see if this resolves the issue. If the problem persists, there could be various faults with the unit itself. Some common culprits include defective parts, sediment buildup, or obstructions to the flue. Contact a hot water heater expert for a further diagnosis.
Faulty shower valve
Do your other fixtures give you hot water except for the shower? If so, there could be an issue with your shower valve. This valve is responsible for combining hot and cold water. Sometimes, the washers within the valve, or the O-rings, become worn out. When this happens, the valve will stop working correctly. These parts swell and distort from old age, eventually restricting water flow.
The O-rings and washers in the shower valve break down over time. Sometimes, the pieces could have broken off within the valve and clogged the lines. These stray parts can get lodged in the valve and prevent hot water from coming out. When it comes to faulty shower valves, it’s best to seek the advice and help of a plumbing service. Without professional experience, taking apart any hot water valves can be unsafe.
While not very common, the anti-scald device on your shower valve may have shifted. This device is a safety feature located in your faucet. Essentially, it is a stopper that limits how far the shower handle can turn in the direction of the hot water. The anti-scald device prevents you from being burned.
To see if this is the cause, remove the handle of your faucet and locate the anti-scald mechanism. If there is one, it will be directly behind the faucet head. Turn it to the right with an Allen wrench and test the water to see if there is a temperature change. Only make small turns at a time to avoid harming yourself.
Water heater fuse
A blown water heater fuse may be the culprit. Sometimes, this problem occurs when your water heater draws too much electricity. As a result, the unit overloads and shuts down. You may inspect the fuse box for any signs of damage or scorching. If it looks burnt or charred, it has likely blown due to an overload. After replacing the fuse, try running your shower to see if it works. If the problem persists, there may be other problems with the water heater.
Broken gas line
If you have a gas water heater, it is vital to ensure your gas line is working. Inspect for signs of leaks or damage in the line. If you can smell a faint whiff of gas, call a professional for help immediately. If there are no odours, check whether the gas is connected to the water heater correctly. All connections should be secure, and there shouldn’t be anything obstructing gas flow.
Call an expert if you suspect an issue with your plumbing and aren’t comfortable troubleshooting. Contact the Birnie Plumbing & Drains team to restore the hot water in your shower system!