4 Possible Reasons Why Your Water Heater Is Not Producing Hot-Enough Water

Posted on: 6 November 2015

You've probably always enjoyed hot showers and hot dishwater without thinking much about it. However, if your water heater lets you down and does not produce hot-enough water for you and your family, you and your loved ones are sure to feel the difference. There are actually quite a few things that can cause your water heater to not produce hot-enough water or to not produce hot water at all. These are a few potential issues.

1. There's an Electrical Issue

One of the first problems that you can look out for is an electrical issue. It might seem simple, but the problem could be something as small as a tripped breaker. Check your breaker box, and consider flipping the breaker for your water heater -- it should be marked with "water heater" or some similar language -- off and then into the on position.

2. There's a Problem With the Thermostat

The thermostat is what tells your water heater what temperature to heat your water to. For example, you might have adjusted the temperature on your thermostat at some point to ensure that your water isn't too hot for your kids and doesn't cause the use of too much electricity. If there is an issue with your thermostat, it might not be telling your water heater to heat water to the right temperature. It might not even be telling your water heater to heat the water up at all.

3. You Need a New Limit Switch

The limit switch on your water heater is an important component that helps control your water heater. If your limit switch stops working properly, your water heater might not produce enough hot water, or it might produce hot water that is either not hot enough or that is too hot. There should be a red switch on your water heater that is designed to reset the limit switch. Try resetting it; if this does not work, you'll need to hire a pro.

4. Your Heating Element is Fried

If your heating element is fried, you will not have any hot water. This is because the heating element is what actually causes the water to heat up. Various things can cause a water heater's heating element to stop working, such as simple age and use or leaving your water heater turned on when there is no water source to fill the tank up. Either way, a professional can replace the heating element rather cheaply and should be able to get your water heater working again if this is the source of the problem. Contact a service tech, like Mechanical Energy Systems, if your hot water heater problems persist.