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Hypothetical disaster of the week: Dealing with overheated water

Faucet Water Splashing into a Glass

At some point or another we've all encountered overheated water. This can be a serious problem you'll want to have fixed as soon as possible, especially if you have young children in your home who could be seriously hurt.

When this happens it could indicate a number of issues depending on the type of heater in your house. There may be a buildup of hot water if the home has been vacant for a while or if there is a sudden fluctuation in the size of the household. Mechanically, it could either be a problem with your heater's thermostat or pressure release valve. In the case of a tankless heater the problem is most likely the thermostat.

There are a few steps you can take to address the problem while you wait on a plumber or an electrician. First, cut the gas or electricity supply to your heater so it isn't continuing to overheat the water arriving at the faucets. Once this is done, you should open all the hot water taps to relieve the tank of all the stored up overheated water, leaving them on until the water runs cold. This will indicate that all the steaming hot water has been purged from the system and the heater is no longer running.

Once you turn off the faucets, it's time for the professionals to work their magic. Call John C Flood, your Washington, D.C., Gaithersburg and Arlington water heater experts. We have the experience to handle all types of water heater complaints and are right in your area so this problem can be fixed quickly.