Why am I getting no water whatsoever from all of my hot water faucets in the house?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by jennymaxgirl, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. jennymaxgirl

    jennymaxgirl New Member

    British Columbia
    From time to time, I will turn on a faucet in my house and there will be no water coming from the hot water faucet. It will run a very small amount of cold water and then cease to flow any water whatsoever. I usually leave the hot water faucet on with no running water, and eventually there is a loud 'kicking-in' noise and then it will begin to flow water at full force, warm water that turns hot. It has been going on for a couple of years and hasn't caused any leaks or damage yet, but I might be selling our house and would like to figure our this frustrating problem before we go.

    Anyone have any insight?

    Many thanks,
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    San Diego
    I would investigate...probably just replace....the shut-off valve for cold water INTO the water heater. If that doesn't fix it...you may need Dick Tracy.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Do you have city water or a well?
  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Bothell, Washington
    Sometimes the water heater will have check valves built into the top connections.
    Those can fail.
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