Post # 1
I just moved into my house yesterday and when I went to shower today, I noticed the water barely got above lukewarm. I turned the fixture as far as it would go towards hot, waited for a bit and then tested it again with no change in temperature. I checked the breaker box and the water heater itself to make sure it was hooked up and running, and it was. I also checked the thermostat and it is set to 120 degrees, which I believe is the standard setting. The house is a year old and I am the first person to live in it so everything is new.
I only did one load of laundry and that was yesterday afternoon and I have yet to wash any dishes.
The water in the kitchen and bathroom sinks get pretty hot though so I don’t know what the problem is.
Post # 3
Ooh, I’m not sure! I believe MissPumpkinPie’s Fiance is a plumber though, maybe try PMing her?
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Post # 6
I would turn the heat setting up. 120 is pretty low; that’s the recommended setting for child safety, so the standard setting for adults must be higher than that.
Post # 7
This happened to us, and we had to replace the water heater. If the house is only a year old, then you should have a warranty or something. If its something with the water heater itself, then there will definitely be one. But you should have gotten at least a year, but more common is 3 or 5 with new houses
Post # 8
It might not be the water heater at all. This happened to us when we moved into our house after it had been empty for awhile. If you’re getting hot water in other places it’s probably not the heater.
In our case the shower/tub in one of the bathrooms wouldn’t get hot, but everywhere else did. It has one of those single handle controls for the hot/cold water. Turned out that inside the little valve where it lets the hot water comes thru was clogged with buildup of yuck.
Post # 9
The mixing valve (which would be in the wall for the bathtub) could be messed up. (The mixing valve is what mixes the hot with the cold water when you turn the handle(s)).
If you are getting hot water everywhere else, your water heater is fine.
If you only turn on the bath tub (not the shower) do you stil lhave the same problem?
Post # 10
Someone is supposed to come look at the water heater and my bathroom fixtures some time this week.
@Ashley1001: I don’t get any hot water at all through the faucet or the shower head.