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melissad52077 12-03-2012 10:52 PM

No hot water....?
 
Hi everyone! I'm new here and didn't get the chance to read very many posts so I hope this isn't a repeat question.....but......

The hot water in my kitchen sink hasn't ever been as hot as in the bathrooms. As of today though I have no hot water in my kitchen (sink, dishwasher) and adjoining laundry room (washing machine). Both of my bathrooms, which are on the far side of the house, have hot water. I checked the valves under the sink and they are both (hot and cold) on all the way.

I really don't want to call the nosy landlord unless I absolutely have to.....any ideas?

Thanks ahead of time :)

TheEplumber 12-03-2012 11:21 PM

my first thought is you have a failed cartridge in your faucet. Is the faucet a single handle? Can you tell the brand? Do have any water flowing out the hot side?

melissad52077 12-04-2012 12:33 AM

The faucet is a single handle. No water is leaking above or below the sink. Couldnt find a brand name.

Thanks for responding!

daveb1 12-04-2012 06:12 AM

You didn't give your location. As so many taps seem affected now, is a frozen pipe a possibility? As for your kitchen, and being a rental, I would also suspect a failed cartidge on an inexpensive tap.

melissad52077 12-04-2012 06:24 AM

I live in GA so no possibility of a frozen pipe. The dishwasher is also affected so not sure that its just a problem with a faucet.

tylernt 12-04-2012 11:34 AM

When you say you have no hot water, does that mean that

1. No water at all comes out

or

2. The water comes out cold

?

melissad52077 12-04-2012 11:40 AM

The water comes out cold only.

TheEplumber 12-04-2012 01:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by melissad52077
The water comes out cold only.

I still think the cartridge in the faucet has failed. As a tenet you should inform the landlord. This is a maintenance issue not caused by you

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melissad52077 12-04-2012 02:13 PM

Couldn't I just replace the faucet? It couldn't be too hard to do could it?

tylernt 12-04-2012 02:25 PM

Well, a kitchen faucet is usually pretty easy to replace with a crescent wrench and some plumbers putty. Depending on your faucet, sink, and cabinet design, you may need specialized tools... but they are seldom absolutely necessary in a kitchen.

However, this may violate you renter's agreement. And if there is a subsequent leak causing water damage, you may be liable for $1,000s in repairs. Plus it's like giving the landlord free money, that's probably the worst part! ;)

melissad52077 12-04-2012 02:32 PM

Thanks for the advice. You are absolutely right. I never thought about the consequences of screwing something up.

ben's plumbing 12-04-2012 05:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by melissad52077 (Post 1066252)
Thanks for the advice. You are absolutely right. I never thought about the consequences of screwing something up.

you are not allowed to work on property that don't belong to you ..you could be sued if something happens.....Iam A landlord as well....call yours to have him fix the problem...ben sr

melissad52077 12-06-2012 05:25 PM

Figured out the problem. The house has another water heater (electric) in the basement that feeds the bathrooms. So I called the landlord over to light the pilot light on the other (gas) heater....ha ha. Its ok though because he didn't know either.

tylernt 12-06-2012 05:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by melissad52077 (Post 1067803)
Figured out the problem. The house has another water heater (electric) in the basement that feeds the bathrooms. So I called the landlord over to light the pilot light on the other (gas) heater....ha ha. Its ok though because he didn't know either.

Wow... that's kind of odd.

Thanks for coming back and telling us the solution though... we hate to be left hanging. :thumbup:

melissad52077 12-06-2012 05:38 PM

We thought so too. He said someone must have put it in because the bathrooms are so far from the original one. Maybe it was taking too long for the water to get hot? Sounds a little spoiled but.....works for me! :)


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