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Question DetailsAsked on 1/18/2018

Wednesday the temp reached 17 degrees the hot water in the kitchen would not work. All others worked

Hot water would not work in the Kitchen. Kitchen is located in the middle of the house. Once it warmed up the hot started working. All other hot water (sinks, shower, tubs) in the house worked.

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Hello Stevem734,

Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like your pipes might have froze. If you had not done so already please go to to set up an account and let us find some highly rated Plumbers in your area.


Iann M

Answered 2 years ago by Member Services


As Iann said - undoubtedly pipe froze, then thawed back out when it warmed up. If in middle of house, the pipe must run through an unheated space somewhere along its route, so that should be checked out so this does not happen again.

Be sure to check along the route of the pipe for any leakage. You can also turn off all water uses, and any fans or pumps (like circulating pump on a boiler or heat pump on a water heater) so the house is very quiet, then listen at the faucet to hear if there is water running anywhere. If so, try to track it down (much easier on neck to get a $10-20 metal-head (plastic do not work well for this) stethoscope to track the sound along walls and ceilings and such to where it is loudest - you can hear a VERY tiny just slightly misting leak that way. I have tracked in-wall leaks that way which ran several days and did not even wet the wall insulation to the floor - so only a cup or so of water over several days but still traceable with a stethoscope.

Course, depending on stray noises from outdoors or such, that can complicate matters - try turning on a faucet at the other end of house so it just drips and listen to what differnce that makes in the sounds you hear - pretty easy to distinguish that from outside sounds usually. Sometimes you might have to get a neighbor to turn off their air conditioner for a few minutes (or jut wait till it shuts off naturally at the end of a cycle) if its fan/compressor noise is confusing you, and of course if near an airport planes going over can drown out the stethoscope. If right near a busy highway or street you might have to wait till late at night when it is quieter.

Commonly, pipes can freeze (especially if only a section freezing without bursting - when they burst is usually when a significant portion of the pipes freeze so the entire house lines pressure up beyond their capacity, or when it freezes solid at two places and the pressure builds in between the two ice plugs as the intervening water freezes up and expands, being unable to relieve the pressure in the rest of the plumbing because of the plugs.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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