21 Nov Why Do I Run Out of Hot Water so Fast?
Why Do I Run Out of Hot Water so Fast?
Some people are morning people, and some are not. They either wake up ready to tackle the day or drag themselves through the routine of their morning to prepare for the day. And, part of that morning routine is a hot shower. Whether someone wakes up with a smile of their face or not, there isn’t much that is more frustrating than having to rush through the morning shower worrying about running out of hot water. But, it doesn’t have to be like this. A water heater that is functioning correctly should have no problem supplying hot water on demand for regular daily use. Here are some issues that may hinder their ability to produce enough hot water effectively.
Depending on the layout of a home and how many occupants it has, the demand for hot water in different parts of the house may be too much for a water heater to keep up with. It may be large enough for the overall demand, but, cannot effectively produce enough heated water to support demand. This is usually an easy fix for the homeowner as the solution is just a matter of time management. Staggering showers instead of running more than one at a time can help. Also, making sure the dishwasher or washing machine isn’t running while taking a shower will ease the multiple demands for heated water.
A water heater is designed to heat and distribute a certain number of gallons at a time. Basically, the tank is full of water that has been heated by either a gas or electric connection. As the hot water is being used during normal daily use, the tank will be depleted of its hot water while adding cold water and heating it at the same time. If the tank is the right size for a home’s usage, then it will be able to keep up with the demand for hot water. Sometimes, there is just too much demand for it to keep up and supply heated water. If this is the case, a new, larger water heater would need to be professionally installed replacing the under-performing unit.
There are a few different moving parts to a water heater. Along with the tank itself, there will be a thermostat, supply lines, and vents as well as other various components that enable the tank to work in an efficient manner. Anyone of these parts can fail over time. A skilled plumber will be able to quickly ascertain if this is the issue and offer a viable solution.
Age of Water Heater
Unfortunately, they won’t last forever. If professionally maintained, a water heater should last for many years supplying hot water on demand for average household usage. But, over time and even with the best maintenance, water heater’s will start to lose their efficiency for any number of reasons. A trained professional will be able to give the best advice on whether or not a water heater needs to be replaced. Often, as it ages, it will be more cost-effective to replace a water heater with a newer, more efficient model instead of continuing to pay for repairs on an aging unit.
Whether a home’s water supply is filtered by its local municipality or comes from its own well, it will contain impurities and minerals like iron, magnesium, and calcium that will get into the hot water tank and settle. Even if a home has a water softener, these impurities will manage to get into the water supply and can settle in the water heater tank. Over time, this sediment will collect at the bottom of the tank and take up much of the space where the hot water should be. This can significantly reduce the amount of hot water that will be available at any given time. A professional plumber will be able to inspect the tank to validate any buildup of sediment. If needed, the sediment can be flushed out allowing the water heater to work more efficiently and effectively.
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