My Shower is not hot
Close up of a woman washing her hair while showering in the morning.

It’s been a long day. You’ve had a long drive home and the one thing you can’t wait to do is jump in the hot shower and relax.

But, once you climb in…the shower isn’t hot!

At Arctic Plumbing, HVAC and Electric we know there is nothing worse than getting in a cold shower. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of reasons why your shower might not be heating up. Check it out!


One of the most common reasons showers fail to warm up on demand is because the water heater used to heat the water is faulty. Over time, there are a number of different things that naturally begin to deteriorate in a water heater (whether it is gas or electric.) Potential areas of faultiness that could affect the hot water in your shower include elements that have burnt out, a compromised dip tube, or a bad temperature valve.  A professional plumber will be able to inspect your hot water heater and tell you the reason.


To prevent you from being burned, there is a device behind the shower faucet that is used to regulate the temperature.  If this device gets too old, or gets aligned incorrectly, it can prevent your water from getting hot. Unfortunately, in order to see if there is anything wrong with the device you have to access the plumbing behind the shower.  This is best done by a professional plumber.


Another “behind the scenes” shower component that could cause your hot water to run a little colder than normal is the shower valve.  The shower valve mixes hot and cold water and creates water that is “just right”. If the valve goes bad, however, water mixes unevenly and the temperature becomes difficult to control.  Again, this issue is most easily resolved by a professional plumber because of the location of the shower valve.

If you have experienced a cold shower lately, give Arctic Plumbing, HVAC, and Electric a call today! They can have you ready to shower in a hot shower by tonight!