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Water Pressure Too Low? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know

Hot Water Pressure Too Low? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know


While there are many factors that can cause low water pressure, part of the problem might come from your hot water heater. Since these fixes are potentially faster and easier than more complex repairs throughout your plumbing system, it's a good idea to check these problems early on in the troubleshooting process.

Start by ensuring that water pressure is lower when you turn on the hot water as opposed to the cold, since this will indicate issues with the water heater. If this happens, try the solutions below.

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Potential Fixes

Repair or Replace the Hot Water Heater Shut-Off Valve

A closed or partially closed hot water heater shut-off valve is one of the most common causes of low hot water pressure. It's also one of the easiest problems to troubleshoot and fix. Simply locate the valve on piping that leads from your hot water heater into your plumbing system, check to make sure that it hasn't been accidentally closed and then turn it back to the on position if necessary.


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Flush the Hot Water Heater Tank

Over time, the inside of your hot water heater can develop sediment deposits that can partially or fully clog important components. Temporary or permanent damage can be avoided by flushing your hot water heater tank every year. It's a quick and easy-to-learn process that can save you valuable time and energy down the road.


Learn more about flushing a water heater tank.