Who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing hot shower or bath? There is nothing better after a long day of work or day in the garden, but there’s nothing more frustrating than running out of hot water after only a few minutes. Hot water stops running through your pipes when your water heater has run out of it. There are several reasons that make this happen so quickly.
One reason your hot water heater may run out of hot water so quickly requires a simple fix. Old showerheads can put out as much as twice the amount of water as new showerheads. Older showerheads generally flow about 5 gallons of water through them per minute. Replace these showerheads with showerheads that flow half as much through every minute and you will be able to double the length of time you have a for a hot shower.
Another reason you’re running out of hot water so quickly is because your hot water heater is not large enough to handle the amount of water being used by everyone in your home. The larger your family, the larger your hot water heater needs to be. Generally, a 30 gallon water heater will work for one to two people. If you have a larger family you need a hot water heater that holds around 50 gallons at a time.
A worn out or broken dip tube may be causing your water heater’s capacity to be cut in half. An ineffective dip tube keeps your water heater from using the water at the bottom of its tank. Replacing this may be the answer to getting your hot water heater up and running to its full capacity again.
If you have an electric hot water heater you need to check the heating elements. If one or both are out you can hit the reset button to see if that turns them back on. If it doesn’t come back, you need a professional to come take a look at them and the heater might need to be replaced.
Is your hot water heater insulated? If not then much of the heat can be escaping through the sides of the heater. Once the water is heated it may sit in the chamber for too long and cool before it is pumped through the pipes. Consider insulating your heater for warmer water.
Some homeowners don’t realize that there is a temperature setting on their water heater. A simple solution to not enough hot water is adjusting the temperature setting. Naturally, the higher you set the temperature the more expensive it will be to heat, so be aware that this will raise your electric bill. Also, be careful not to raise it too high and burn yourself.
If these simple fixes don’t help bring more hot water into your home it’s best to contact a professional to come take a look. Hot water heaters need regular maintenance to keep debris from collecting at the bottom of their tanks. This maintenance and others can be done best by a professional.
It is extremely important to purchase a long-term warranty with your heater. You will likely want to purchase a 12 year warranty heater over a 6 year warranty heater.