Where do you start when your water is not hot enough? Let’s take a look.
Help! My Water Is Not Hot Enough
Not having enough hot water is frustrating. It’s also detrimental to your business. But before you call the plumber, there are a few things you can do on your own. It may sound simple, but sometimes the issue can be a quick fix.
1. Check and Adjust the Thermostat
Did you turn it down to conserve energy? Or do you need to increase it? Be sure to stay within the commercial comfort and safety zone temperatures recommended for your business.
If you adjust it and your water is still not hot enough, you may have a broken thermostat. Call a plumber or hot water technician to fix or replace it.
2. Check the Breaker
A tripped breaker can be an issue if you have an electric commercial water heater. If the water temperature suddenly changes and gets colder, the problem might be a tripped breaker or blown fuse.
Flip the breaker back to the ON position or replace the blown fuse. If it trips again or doesn’t restart, call a professional.
Other Common Problems You Can Troubleshoot
If neither the thermostat nor the breaker is the issue, there are other common problems to consider why your water is not hot enough.
Over time, minerals in the water sink to the bottom of the tanks and stick to the heating elements causing a reduction in heated water.
Drain and flush the tank. Experienced DIYers can handle this task. However, if you aren’t sure or lack experience, we recommend calling your plumber.
Yearly maintenance will help prevent this problem and keep your water heater in tip-top working condition.
Wrong-Sized Water Heater
Accurately sizing a commercial water heater is crucial to your business. The wrong sized water heater can be why you aren’t getting the hot water you need. If your water heater struggles to provide all the hot water you demand, replace it with one that’s the right size.
A Broken Dip Tube
The dip tube’s role is to push cold water to the bottom of the tank to be heated. If the dip tube is cracked, lukewarm water can enter the pipe system and affect water temperatures. Call a professional if you suspect this is the problem.
A Broken Gas Valve
Once a commercial water heater goes beyond ten years old, the gas valve increasingly becomes susceptible to damage, especially if the unit hasn’t been well maintained over the years. Do not attempt DIY.
Leaking Water Tank
A leaking tank can cause a dip in your hot water supply.
If you discover a leak in your tank, do not try to repair it yourself. It could lead to dangerous situations or further damage to your property. Call a professional to replace the unit.
Worn Out Water Heater
If your water heater is nearing its age (10-15 years), it could be worn out. Replace your commercial water heater and upgrade to an energy-efficient model at wholesale prices. Contact Wallingford Sales today or shop our online catalog today.
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