Is your hot water suddenly too hot? Here’s a plumbing issue that is annoying and dangerous in two ways. First, unexpectedly hot water from your showerhead or faucet can trigger severe scald burns. Secondly, a water temperature that is suddenly much higher may indicate that your water heater is overheating and may start leaking or bursting. Continue reading the common reasons why your hot water is suddenly too hot.
Mineral or Sediment Build-Up
The problem with hard water is that it contains dissolved minerals. So hard water in your home plumbing will result in calcium build-up inside the tank. In addition, this will interfere with your appliance’s ability to heat the water and temperature control effectively. This is why your hot water is suddenly too hot. Solution? Flush your water heater regularly because your heater will function more efficiently. Whether you own a gas or an electric water heater, it’s vital to flush the tank at least once yearly.
Faulty or Broken Thermostat
When your water temperature is exceptionally high, inspect the thermostat immediately. Even though most water heater thermostats are set at 140 Fahrenheit after the initial installation, the recommended setting is 120 F. So, attempt lowering the setting even if the thermostat is set at 120 degrees. If that doesn’t cause your water heater to turn off within minutes, then a malfunctioning thermostat is most likely the culprit. For a plumbing fixture replacement, contact B&D Plumbing at 301-595-1141!
Defective Heater Element
Another reason your hot water is suddenly too hot is a faulty heater element. If a heating element begins to ground out, it will remain on and overheat. As a result, there will be painfully hot water. Over time, the heater element will wear out completely. Then you’ll have no hot water until the component is replaced.
Once again, this part replacement must always be present to amateurs. The combination of water plus a defective electrical component must be handled with extreme caution with the assistance of a professional plumber.
If your home requires a water heater repair or replacement, turn to the plumbing experts at B&D Plumbing. We provide exceptional customer service to customers in Central Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C.
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