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Hot Water Not Hot Enough? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know

Hot Water Not Hot Enough? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know


If water from your hot water heater isn't hot enough to thoroughly clean dishes or warm you up during a morning shower, there are a few simple fixes that can help you adjust the temperature without bringing in a professional. From quick fixes like adjusting the thermostat to yearly preventative maintenance and replacing worn components, troubleshooting and repairing problems can be easy. Here are some hints and tips to help you out.

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Replace the Heating Element

Even if all the other components on your hot water heater are working just fine, a faulty heating element can prevent the water from reaching the ideal temperature. It works by radiating heat within the tank, and can become weak or completely broken over time due to regular use. If the heating element is damaged in any way, turn off the power and gas connected to the appliance, drain the contents and replace the part.


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Learn more about replacing the heating element in an electric water heater from Sears Parts Direct.

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Water Heater Thermostat

Adjust or Replace the Thermostat

The thermostat is an essential component in your hot water heater. Without it, the appliance isn't able to properly read or adjust the temprature of the water inside the tank. Determining if there is an issue with the thermostat can be as simple as ensuring that power is being distributed to the device using a multimeter and the appropriate safety gear. If power is being supplied and the heating element is still functional, then the thermostat needs to be replaced.


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Learn more about replacing the thermostat on an electric water heater from Sears Parts Direct.

Flush the Hot Water Heater Tank

While flushing the tank of your hot water heater should be part of your standard yearly maintenance routine, an unscheduled flush could help if you're having issues with the temperature. Clearing accumulated sediement from the interior can help protect and potentially restore damaged or impeded components.


Learn more about flushing the tank on an electric water heater.

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