When stepping into your shower, you don't want to be hit with cold water. Unfortunately, there are several reasons why this issue may occur, ranging from simple to complex. Here are a few common plumbing concerns that could affect your comfort in the shower.
Why Is Your Shower Cold?
1. Water Heater
When the water heater is damaged, it won't warm efficiently. Check the circuit breaker associated with it first to make sure it hasn't tripped. This is a relatively common occurrence, and switching it back should resolve the problem. Otherwise, the cold water may be due to a failed heating element or reset switch on the thermostat. Finally, if you're lacking hot water throughout the home and have an old unit, consider getting a new water heater. Over time, sediment could build up and create separation between the water and heating elements.
2. Shower Valve
If you try to adjust the temperature and the water remains cold, it may be due to the shower's pressure-balancing valve. This vital component is designed to balance the temperature, but after years of use, the valve's cartridge can rust and stop working properly. In this case, a plumbing professional will need to remove the faucet and detach the original cartridge to replace it.
3. Dip Tube
If your water still runs cold, it could be due to a damaged dip tube. Situated within the water heater, this piece directs cold water to the bottom of the appliance for heating and keeps heated water above it. If the dip tube disconnects or becomes worn down over time, cold water can leak and infiltrate the heated water above. A plumbing technician can replace the part if this is the case.
If your shower is running cold, count on the team at John Lockwood Plumbing in Ontario, NY, to resolve the problem. Whether it’s as simple as a quick faucet repair or as involved as a water heater replacement, they’ll diagnose the problem and provide you with a prompt solution. Visit their website to find out more about their plumbing services, or call (585) 265-0736 to schedule an appointment.