My husband and I discovered we have no hot water coming to our kitchen. Everywhere else works fine. We have a single handle faucet that is unknown years old. The cold works fine but the hot does not. Also the dishwasher won't fill. I don't think it's a frozen pipe since the cold works and there is no leak that we are aware of. What do I do next?
did you have hot water before? if its as cold there as is here its probably froze up..hot water actually freezes faster than cold water...crazy huh? its true..something to do with molicules and science...above my pay grade..lol
open the cabinet drawers and get some heat under their...
is your house above ground or on a slab...try and heat the pipes
you have a welding machine? connect the leads to the hot water pipes and turn it on..
your pipes are froze up...i guess..get some heat under that cabinet
turn on your faucets to get the water moving,
and heating the pipes..hot water will freeze quicker than cold, its a science thing,,,but true
get some heat on them pipesThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Frodo,
Since the dishwasher fills with hot water and the hot side of the faucet doesn't work, that means that whatever is stopping the hot from flowing is further back from the split between those two fixtures.
If this has just happened and you are in the middle of the cold that is affecting most of the country, then yes - probably a frozen pipe. Hard to find and hard to fix while it's still cold. Worse, once it thaws you may have a split pipe and a leak.
At this point, all you can do is visually inspect from underneath. At least the odds are that the frozen part of the pipe is somewhere where it will be exposed. In some cases, pipes can be thawed with a torch. Or, wrap all that you can find with heat tape and hope for the best.
if you have a welding machine
clip the electrodes on the hot pipe about a foot apart..with the froze spot in the middle
turn on the welder it will heat the pipes and thaw them
little country plumbing here
The hot line almost always freezes first.
Please do not use a torch or a welder.
A hair dryer will work fine, not catch anything on fire
or unsolder a fitting.
Just because it's not leaking does not mean it's not frozen.
It can be frozen anyplace all the way back to the water heater.
the telephone company does that with water in the service cables, too. use a little buzzbox welder across all the "tip and rings" wire pairs to cook the cable dry.
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