Nothing wakes you up quicker than a nice, hot shower—except when the pounding stream of water turns as cold as ice. Considering Murphy’s Law, this probably happened just as you applied shampoo. You probably spend the next frigid minutes frantically rinsing the soap from your hair, imagining the worst.
Take heart. Though a burst water heater that turns your basement into a hot tub is one possible reason you’re shivering, it’s not the most likely. After you recover from the Arctic shock and put on some warm socks, check out these five common reasons why your shower has gone cold.
It’s Just You
Check the other faucets, tubs, and showers in your house. If your shower is the only one that doesn’t spew hot water, congratulations! The showerhead mixing valve, which regulates the proper mix of hot and cold water, is probably broken. With a few inexpensive parts from a plumbing supply store, any DIYer can get the job done fast.