In the depths of winter, there’s nothing quite like a hot shower. But chances are, the water suddenly turning cold is not the relaxing wake-up call you dream of. Read on for the reasons why you aren’t getting enough hot water (and what you can do about it).
Demand is too high
One very common reason for a lack of hot water is that there is simply too much demand. This usually means that there are multiple hot water appliances relying on the tank at one time. This can happen if you’ve recently upgraded to a new appliance that uses more water – such as a shower head with a higher flow or an added dishwasher – or if multiple family members are using appliances at the same time. The best way to alleviate this is to be conscious of when others are using hot water appliances. For example, try not to take a shower while someone is doing the dishes.
Your water heater is the wrong size
A water heater that is too small for your home will not deliver the hot water demanded. If this is the case, it likely means it’s time for a new water heater that can better meet your hot water needs. Be sure and choose the right water heater for your home by looking at things like size and type, taking into consideration your typical hot water usage and the number of people living in your home. Alternatively, you could choose to go tankless for a smaller, more energy efficient option. Always work with a trusted plumbing expert who can assist you in weighing your options and steer you in the right direction.
Your heater thermostat isn’t set high enough
For most homes, a hot water temperature setting of 120 degrees is recommended. If your thermostat is set lower than that, your water just may not be getting hot enough for your liking. If you don’t have young kids that could easily get burned, you can set your thermostat as high as 140 degrees max to see if that fixes the problem.
There’s sediment build-up in your tank
Build-up inside of your hot water heater can cause you to run out of hot water faster for multiple reasons. It takes up room in the tank that could be filled with water and it prevents the water that is in the tank from hitting the heating source at the bottom. To alleviate this problem, have your water heater serviced regularly by a professional who will inspect and clean it.
Don’t take another cold shower! Whether you’re in the market for a new water heater or you simply need yours serviced, contact the experts at Crown Group Ohio.