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Why Am I Running Out of Hot Water?

Feb 04, 2022

Why Am I Running Out of Hot Water?

Are members of your household always rushing to be the first to shower because the hot water seems to run out so fast? Before you blame your spouse or housemates for the cold shower, understand that a water heater has a certain capacity to produce hot water and certain faults and damage can negatively affect this capacity. In this article, we will review some simple troubleshooting tips that can help you identify the source of the problem. If you have not scheduled your annual water heater maintenance or if you need a water heater repair, then call Sunshine Plumbers to speak with a live representative and schedule an appointment.

Your Water Heater’s Capacity

There are two main types of water heaters: the tank-style water heater and the tankless water heater. They usually heat water using either gas or electricity. Whatever sort of water heater you have, there is going to be a limit on the amount of hot water you can use.

The tank capacity is the figure to pay attention to when choosing your storage tank water heater. The general rule of thumb is to have about 10 to 15 gallons per person in the household. Tankless water heaters, also called on-demand water heaters, will heat water as needed. So, flow rate is restraint here. You will have to calculate the gallons-per-minute you use.

Sunshine Plumbers is happy to help you determine which water heater size is right for your house or business.

Troubleshooting Tips

Sometimes there is nothing wrong with the water heater’s size, but it fails to deliver enough hot water anyway. In this case, you may need a water heater repair or maintenance. Before you call for a nearby plumber, however, try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Inspect for leaks around the water heater. Water leaking from the top of the unit is generally attributable to loose connections or faulty valves. If the unit is leaking from the bottom, though, you might have a leaky gasket or too much pressure in the tank.
  • Make sure the circuit breaker has not tripped off. Check the electrical panel and make sure the respective circuit breaker is ON. Similarly, ensure the gas line is on for gas-powered water heaters.
  • Listen for noise. Knocking and banging sounds coming from the water heater can indicate sediment buildup. Try flushing the tank to get rid of the sediment and refill the tank.
  • Inspect the water. Smelly or discolored water can mean there is corrosion or hard water causing a blockage in the water supply line.

Time for a Replacement?

The water heater is not designed or built to last forever, and repairs only go so far. Eventually, the unit will deteriorate to a point of no return. That is when repairs will be like putting a band aid on a gushing wound. If your water heater is regularly needing repairs or it is over 12 years old, then it might be more cost-effective to replace the water heater. Sunshine Plumbers is proud to offer reliable and affordable water heater repair as well as replacements.