Hot water

Hot water – Troubleshooting

First step:

a.) In Florida, the water heater can be on the other side of the house.  You need to let water run for at least 5 minutes to get hot water. That is common in Florida!

b.) Don’t rely on the markings on faucets etc. If you can’t get hot water on one specific faucet when running water on red / hot marking, please try the blue / cold marking. Again let the water run for at least 5 minutes.

Our experience is in 50% the faucets are connected just the opposite way, so don’t rely on any markings.


If these steps do not help:

Locate the water heater. It is usually located in a closet or in the garage.
Touch the top of the water heater and see if one of the lines is warm. -> If it is warm, your water heater is ok, try Step 1 once more.

If it is NOT warm, try to find the breaker box, and see if the breaker is in. Reset the breaker. Now you need to wait a few hours so the water can heat up 6 hours minimum.

Please report problems ONLY after making these practical common sense checks.

Other related issues with water heater

Hot water gets cold after taking a shower / bath.

All our properties are standard single family homes or condos. So hot water is limited to tank capacity. If you are a bigger party or are taking extended showers / baths, please give the water heater time (a few hours!!!) to reheat new water. Especially when it’s cold outside, it will take much longer for the water heater to heat up fresh water. Unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing we can do about this.