While working in the kitchen we need all sorts of stuff. Moreover, we need all types of water in the kitchen. Hot and cold both types of waters are needed for various reasons.
Now, just imagine. On one fine winter morning, you went to your kitchen. After turning the knob in the usual way, you see a flow of water. And as soon as you touch that water, you move away your hand.
The water is freezing cold. And in situations, like these people rush to their phones and search up ‘kitchen faucet hot water not working’.
However, there are very few solutions available on the internet. And most of the solutions aren’t pretty well structured.
Here’s the thing-
To help you out with this problem, we have prepared this piece. Here you will have several methods for solving this problem. And we have laid out these in a way so that you apply these, one by one. If the first one doesn’t solve then the next one will solve.
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Now, let's discuss 5 methods of solution -
Method 1: Look into the Obvious Sources
Here we will tell you to do some obvious stuff. But there’s no need to be angry about it. We made this piece for everyone. So, it’s possible that someone might have missed out on the obvious parts.
So, at first, look at other water faucets in the house. Check the washroom faucets and see if the hot water works. If you can get hot water in other places, then your water heater is good. You won’t have to worry about that.
However, if the other spots don’t have hot water then you have to troubleshoot the water heater.
Next in check the supply lines. If your supply lines are in a braided style, then they have check valves. These valves can sense a sudden burst of water. And as a response, these valves can stop the water flow. So, check this out.
Hopefully, your problem will end in the very first method. And if these two methods don’t work, then you probably have an obstruction.
Method 2: Use Reverse Cold Water Pressure
Now that we know that something’s obstructing your hot water flow, we can start giving real efforts.
However, to see if this method applies to you we need to do a test. At first, turn off the cold-water supply. Now, loosen up the cartridge. See if hot water comes out. If not, then the clot is in the main body of your faucet.
If this is the case, then we can go with this method.
This method is a step by step process. And for your ease, we have structured it in that way. So, let’s look at the steps-
- Turn off the hot water supply.
- Remove the hot water feed line from your faucet inlet.
- See if the cold water connection is connected with the faucet.
- Take a bucket and put it under the hot water inlet of the faucet.
- Use your finger or something else to block the spigot end. This will block the outflow.
- Turn on that faucet.
- Set it in the middle. Or turn it a bit towards the hot water.
- This will force the water to go out through the hot water inlet. As a result, the clog will be forced to go out the way it came in.
Method 3: Probe It with a Wire
If the second method doesn’t work then it means, we have to apply more force. Here manual force with a bit of technicality might work better than water pressure.
So, take up a piece of wire. Now, fold it in half and start twisting it. You’ll find a U-loop at one end and a spiral tail on the other end.
Now, push the wire through the faucet outlet. Push the tail part through the faucet opening.
However, in this method make sure that all the water supplies are off. And turn the faucet knob towards hot all the way. This will open up the hot waterway to the max.
Keep pushing the wire till it goes out through the hot water inlet. And the tricky part starts just after the tail part goes out.
Now, hold that tail tightly and pull the whole wire quickly. Hopefully, the obstruction will come out.
Method 4: Use a Compressor
As hand power didn’t work, we have to take it to the next level.
Here the idea is to use compressed air for removing the clot. However, there are some issues with this process.
Compressed air can deliver a huge amount of force. And this force can damage your faucet. So, it’s necessary to know the limits.
Now, see how much water pressure your faucet can endure. You’ll find this information either on the user manual or on the company website.
Once you find the limit amount, note it down to somewhere. Now insert the compressor outlet through the spigot end. Turn the knob all the way towards hot. And power up the compressor.
Start from zero psi. Gradually increase the pressure. And keep that pressure limit in mind. Stop just before that limit. Hopefully, our obstruction will come out.
Method 5: Use Vinegar
If the method 4 didn’t’ work, then it means your faucet is jammed with mineral sediment. However, in order to have this amount of mineral deposit, your faucet has to be pretty old.
So, how to get rid of it? Well, the solution is actually simple.
Remove all the connections from the faucet at first. Then take a bowl and pour in a bottle of vinegar into it. Now, carefully drown that faucet of your yours into the vinegar. Keep it like this for a full night.
On the next morning, pour in some hot water manually through the faucet. You’ll see minerals flowing out with the water.
Re-install the faucet back into position. Hopefully, this will solve your problem finally.
Kitchen faucet hot water not working is a bit uncommon problem. However, now you know how to solve it. If your faucet doesn’t work ever after method 5, then simply replace it. Most of the faucets come with a lifetime guarantee. So, use it.
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