How to Prevent Cold Showers

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Most people do not like taking cold showers, especially in the wintertime. If your shower doesn’t get enough hot water, there are a few different things that may be causing the problem. We’ve put together some information to help you learn about the causes of cold showers, as well as what you can do to prevent them.

What Causes Cold Showers?

A cold shower could happen as the result of a bad cartridge in your shower valve, a bad water heater, or someone flushing the toilet or using hot water somewhere else in the house. Interestingly, some people choose to embrace cold showers because of their health benefits. (Check out this Lifehack article that outlines 5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers, from boosted immunity to better-looking skin.) But if you cringe at the idea, keep reading to learn what you can do to help keep your shower nice and hot.

Tips to Keep Your Shower Running Hot

So what can you do to solve this issue? Here are a few tips on how to prevent cold showers from happening:

  • Avoid taking showers while the washing machine and dishwasher are running.
  • Adjust the temperature of your hot water heater to 120°F. (If you adjust it any higher, consider installing scald-guard valves on your faucets—especially if there are small children or older adults living in the house.)
  • Replace your old toilet with a more water-efficient model to help stabilize the shower temperature when the toilet is flushed. Click here for special toilet pricing.
  • Install a new mixing valve in the shower to stabilize the temperature.
  • Install low-flow showerheads to conserve hot water for long showers.
  • Last but not least…schedule an appointment with a professional plumber! A certified plumber will be able to:
    • Determine what’s causing your cold showers
    • Diagnose and fix any problems with your water heater
    • Correctly install a new, water-efficient toilet
    • Perform shower valve repairs, such as replacing a bad cartridge
    • Install or adjust scald-guard valves and low-flow showerheads

Please note: We do not recommend doing DIY work on the valve itself. If you suspect that your shower valve—or your toilet—needs to be repaired or replaced, it’s best to bring in a professional. At Tony LaMartina Plumbing Company, we are experts in bathroom fixture repair, toilet replacementwater heater repair, and residential plumbing issues of all kinds.

Can’t figure out what’s causing your cold showers? Don’t have the time or skills needed to fix the problem yourself? Contact us! Call our office at (314) 501-9950 or email