Now that it is getting colder, the last thing that you want is a cold shower!

There’s nothing better than hopping in a hot shower on a chilly morning, but if you find yourself without hot water, you are in for a rude awakening. But before you can fix the problem, you need to identify what is causing it. That’s why our Collinsville plumber has come up with the following list of common reasons why your hot water isn’t working:

#1. Your hot water heater is getting old. 

Typically, water heaters will last about ten years, so if yours if older than that, then you may need to consider replacing it. A lack of hot water is often the first of many problem that arise from old water heaters, and in most cases, you will get more for your money by replacing an old water heater than by repairing it.

#2. Your thermostat isn’t working properly.

The number on your thermostat is supposed to match the temperature of your water, and if it doesn’t, you should have your thermostat checked by a professional because it might be the source of your cold water woes.

#3. You have a build-up of sediment in your water tank.

Sediment can start to build up in your hot water heater over time, and it can hurt both the longevity and the effectiveness of your hot water heater. Although this is typical wear and tear, if you don’t catch it soon enough, you could end up having to replace your hot water heater. To prevent sediment buildup in the future, lower the temperature of your hot water heater to 130°F.

Stay tuned for our next blog to learn about more possible reasons why your hot water isn’t working.