Taking a nice, hot shower is a fantastic way to start the day. The thing that’ll quickly ruin your refreshing shower, though, is fluctuating water temperature. Not only is water jumping from warm to cold to scalding-hot annoying, but it can cause some nasty burns.
If you’re wondering, “Why does my shower change temperature?” then keep reading. This post will cover a few of the leading reasons behind temperature changes and what can be done to solve them:
- Malfunctioning shower valve: The shower valve is designed to regulate pressure and water temperature throughout the home. If you experience shower temperature fluctuations when someone flushes the toilet, runs the washing machine or turns on a sink, there’s something wrong with the shower valve.
- Inadequate water heater size: If the temperature fluctuates even when nobody else is using the water, the problem likely has to do with your water heater. Traditional water heaters that are too small for a home won’t hold enough hot water for everyone’s usage.
- Mineral deposits: Calcium, magnesium and other minerals found in our water wreak havoc on water heaters. They restrict hot water output as they accumulate in the tank and pipes. You may experience shower temperature fluctuations if there’s too much buildup in your water heater.
How to fix shower temperature control problems
Now you know a few of the answers to your question, “Why does my shower change temperature?” Here are some possible solutions:
- Replace the shower valve: A malfunctioning shower valve will have to go. This can be a DIY chore, although we don’t recommend any first-time plumbers attempt it. While replacing your shower valve, consider upgrading to a pressure-balance valve or thermostatic shower valve. These higher-end valves are long-lasting and guarantee you’ll never have to deal with fluctuating temperatures again.
- Raise the water heater temperature: If your water temperature is always a bit too cold for your liking, you can raise the temperature by yourself. There’s a dial on every water heater that controls temperature. We recommend setting the temperature to 120 degrees for optimal comfort and energy efficiency.
- Upgrade the water heater: If your water heater is too small or getting up there in years, it could be time to replace it with a new one. Consider upgrading to a tankless water heater that heats water on-demand instead of storing it for later use. These models are more energy efficient and help ensure you never experience temperature fluctuations again.
- Call a professional: The easiest way to solve your fluctuation issues—and any other plumbing problems—is to hire a professional plumber. A plumber can diagnose the source of the fluctuations in a matter of minutes and come up with a solution in no time.
Hire our team today
You may be able to solve your frustrating shower problems by yourself, but we always recommend bringing in our pros at Alvarado Pumping Septic Service to solve your plumbing issues. Contact us today to schedule an appointment—we’ll diagnose the source of the issue and set it straight once and for all.