Posted on 10/15/2014

While a hot shower can feel nice any time of the year, it is more of a necessity than a luxury in the depths of a Chicago winter. If you have experienced the displeasure of stepping into your shower on a cold winter day only to discover that the water coming from the showerhead will not get hot, then you can probably relate to this sentiment. The next time the water in your shower seems incapable of heating up, turn your attention to the following plumbing fixtures and appliances to find the source of the problem.

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Water Heater
Is your shower the only place you struggle to get hot water in your home? If hot water is hard to come by in your sinks and other faucets, then there is most likely a problem with your water heater. Check to see that the pilot light is working and the temperature is set properly, and contact a plumbing professional if you still cannot get hot water. If your hot water heater is ten years old or older, you may want to have it replaced.

Shower Valve
If you have hot water in a sink that is connected to the same water heater as your shower’s plumbing, the problem is likely related to your shower valve. With the right tools and proper instruction, you can try to unclog the valve yourself. You can also hire a professional to clear your pipes and repair your valve for you. If you decide to attempt this repair on your own, cut your hot water supply before getting to work to avoid burning yourself.

If you live in an older home that is equipped with cross-connected pipes, it is possible that they are not balancing the flow of cold water as they should. This is a problem that requires professional plumbing assistance, but can usually be repaired quickly and easily.

If you are itching for reliable hot water return to your shower as soon as possible, contact a plumbing professional with a reputation for efficiency after detecting the problem. Proudly serving Libertyville and the surrounding areas, Arrow Plumbing, Inc. can identify the cause of your hot water heating issue and resolve the problem quickly and completely. Regardless of whether your pipes need to be worked on or your water heater is due for repairs or replacement, we have you covered. Give us a call at (847) 549-9600 to schedule our next available plumbing appointment!