There are times when you can start a relaxing, hot shower only for the water to turn cold half way through. This may be caused by hot water heater problems or plumbing issues. Before contacting your plumber and especially before listing your home for sell on the real estate market, you can try to fix the problem using the following tips.
Water Heater Problems
Test all the hot water fixtures throughout your home to find out if the cold shower incident affects the entire hot water system. If there is no hot water at all, then the problem can be attributed to the water heater.
Begin by checking out the temperature setting of the heater. If that’s not the source of the problem, then find out if a fuse has blown off or tripped. You can replace a damaged fuse. If all these steps do not fix the problem, then the problem may be a defective thermocouple, buildup of sediment on the water heating element, flue obstructions or a defective temperature control.
Isolated Shower Problems
If other hot water fixtures in the home generate hot water and remain hot for a prolonged period of time, then it is an isolated problem. The shower can lose hot water due to many reasons. First, it can be caused by corroded steel pipes which can be fixed by replacing them. You can also check hot water shut-off valve to your shower. In case the valve is closed, open it and then test if the shower produces hot water. If the problem persists, then it can be a valve problem.
Shower Valve Problems
Shower valves may become inefficient if the rubber parts disintegrate or swell, thereby blocking the path of hot water. This rubber parts swell because of the heat. You can replace the damaged rubber.
If you are not able to diagnose and fix the aforementioned problems, you can seek the services of a plumber. A plumber will deal with the problem satisfactorily.