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Recently we had some freezing weather. I turned the cold water on in the kitchen and bathrooms. The one pipe that froze was the hot water that goes to the kitchen faucet. All other hot water outlets worked. When the pipe had thawed, the water had a lot of sediment from the pipe which I've experienced before and I believe is probably normal. The problem is that now the hot water is only a trickle. I'm wondering if there is some sediment in the pipe. The cold water still has lots of pressure.

Posted by Sherrie M Parr on Mar 06, 2011

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Yes, you can easily have blockage in the hot water pipe, from the heater, the heater draws the water off the top so it doesn't pick up the crud, but you got some in there anyway. I take it you have an electric water heater and copper pipe? Galvanized pipe would make it worse, plastic, wouldn't be so bad. The bottom of the heater is probably full of stuff,, There is really no way to get it out short of cutting the pipe and banging on it, turn on the water and let it flush. If you have a joint in the line that is a different metal, like galv to copper, it will build up there. The electric heater creates a current like a chrome plating machine, only it is a crud plating machine, like the zincs on a boat, they will be the first to go, there is a rod in the heater that is the first to go, yours is probably gone. Hard water, mineral deposits, etc, add to it. Check it out, Hope this helps.
Did you remove and clean the aerator screen at the faucet,it unscrews off the faucet where the water comes out,sometimes they get limed up and slow water flow,also remove hot water faucet control and if its a single combination handle,remove and check for sediment on the hot side of the handle
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