Too Hot to Handle: When Your Water Heater Acts Up

Water Heater in the Bathroom

Water Heater in the BathroomYour water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. Sadly, the problems it can incur usually go unnoticed. Most people only rush to call emergency services when something big happens, like when the water becomes too hot or if there isn’t enough hot water going through the pipes.

When Water is Too Hot

When is hot water too hot? Each person has a different level of tolerance when it comes to heat, but water heaters have set temperatures. Most of the time, the water becomes too hot because you set the thermostat too high. Families usually forget to turn their thermostats back to a normal range after the winter months.

Your water heater might work “too well” and produce water that’s too hot for any weather. Excessive heat can scald the skin. The majority of cases of scalding occurs in the bathroom, and children are often the victims.

If not treated immediately, some of the complications caused by scalds include scarring, shock, and infections.

When Hot Water is Not Enough

Have you ever experienced taking a bath and then suddenly, the hot water turns into icicles hitting your chest? Well, maybe not icicles, but the water becomes too cold for you to continue your shower. When there isn’t enough hot water, there may be a faulty lower heating element in your thermostat.

Eagle Mountain’s replacement and repair services, Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical explains if the thermostat isn’t working properly, it will fail to “tell” the water heater to make hot water. So you get the unpleasant surprise of a cold shower on a cold day.

No Hot Water at All

When you turn on the tap and no hot water comes out even when you’re sure that your heating system is on, there may be a problem with the electric thermostat or the upper heating element.

While you can troubleshoot and repair your water heating system on your own, it’s better to hire the services of trained technicians. One mistake with a DIY repair, and you could end up with more expensive repairs.