Mansfield Plumber

19 Jan. 22

Hot Water Not Coming out of the Shower

Even though it’s often quite warm in the winter, the last thing you want is no hot water coming out of the shower! Check your water tank, which is where the hot water is supplied, as an immediate solution. Water heaters (or water tanks) are typically found in obscure locations such as your basement, attic, garage, or even a closet. For your information, the location of your water heater has an impact on how quickly the water in your home heats up.

While your water tank may be the most obvious cause of any problems with water heating, it isn’t the only one. There are a few other things you can check when trying to figure out why your water isn’t heating in your home. If hot water isn’t coming out of your shower, Mansfield Plumbing has a few suggestions.


It’s sometimes the smallest details that make the biggest difference. While it may appear that checking the temperature of the water heater is a no-brainer, there are a few other things to consider. If you have an electric water heater, look for any elements that may have burned out; if there is a problem, water will either heat for a short period of time or not heat at all. The cold-water supply dip tube on older models may have deteriorated.

The dip tube allows cold water to flow down to the burner, heating it up. Instead of going to the burner for heating, the cold water escapes into the hot water feed pipe. As a result, cold water is emitted. Check the temperature of your water heater to rule out this possibility.


Your water tank, as previously stated, can be located in your basement, attic, garage, or closet. The first thing you should look for after you’ve found it is the age and condition of your water tank. Water tanks, like many other appliances, experience wear and tear over time. Another thing to keep an eye out for is leaks and double-checking the connections. The connections on your water heater may need to be tightened or replaced from time to time. Finally, inspect the anode rode (a steel wire coated in either aluminum or magnesium that helps prevent rusting in the water tank) and look for sediment build-up. If the anode rode is worn away or covered in sediment, this could be the cause of your water not heating.


Check the temperature of the hot water in the other faucets in your home to see if it’s a water tank issue or a shower component issue. If the temperature of your hot water quickly drops, you may have a burner issue with your water tank. It could be a faulty dip tube if there is no hot water coming out at all. If all of your other faucets are running hot water, the problem could be with your shower components.


If your shower is the only place in your house that doesn’t have hot water, your shower valve may need to be checked. The shower valve is responsible for combining hot and cold water to create the ideal temperature for your shower. Sometimes the washers or O-rings wear out, causing the valve to malfunction. As a result, cold water may flow through the shower head. If your shower valve isn’t working properly, you may need to replace some of these parts.


At Plumb Centre Mansfield Plumber, we are always concerned with our customers’ safety and comfort. If you suspect a problem with your plumbing, air conditioning, or heating, call us today for an inspection or use our website to contact us.