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Is Your Hot Water Heater No Longer Keeping Up?

Is Your Hot Water Not Hot?

Do you ever find yourself getting annoyed with how long it takes the hot water to get to your bathroom or kitchen sink after turning it on? Does your hot water run out midway through your showers? Or is your hot water just simply not hot enough for general use? Thankfully, there are several reasons, explanations, and simple solutions to these questions.

Is Your Hot Water Taking Too Long?

If you find that your hot water is taking too long to arrive to your bathroom or kitchen, there are a few options available to help speed up the process. The main reason it takes time for the hot water to arrive is because the water has to travel a long distance from your water heater to the faucet.

The obvious way to solve this problem is to cut down the distance the hot water has to travel from point A to point B. But since most people aren’t going to re-pipe their homes to have a hot shower, they have to look at alternatives. One is to add a recirculation pump at the fixture. These small pumps are inexpensive, save on water, and don’t cost a lot in electricity. You can choose a timed option or one that comes one with a switch when needed.

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Does Your Hot Water Run Out Too Quickly?

If your hot water is running out too quickly, there are a few quick troubleshooting steps you can take to help identify the problem before calling out a professional for help or replacing your water heating unit.

The first, and most common reason people run out of hot water too quickly is because they are simply using too much of it at the same time. Are you running the dishwasher or laundry machine at the same time as showering? Is everyone in your home on the same shower schedule or using multiple showers at the same time? Make a better household schedule to allow more water to heat up before you need it.

Alternatively, consider upgrading to a tankless water heater. A continuous supply of hot water plus considerable energy savings. While they are more expensive than a regular tank hot water heater, it’s an investment that will pay back over time.

There could also be a problem with your water heater, such as a burned-out heating element. Keep in mind: your hot water heater should be inspected by a professional at least two times per year for routine servicing.

Is Your Hot Water Not Hot Enough?

If the hot water in your home isn’t hot enough, or there is just no hot water at all, there might be several factors in play. If the water isn’t hot enough, the first thing you should check is the temperature control on the water heater. You might have to adjust the temperature a bit hotter during the winter months because the water will cool down more while running through the cold pipes.

No Hot Water—Period

If you’ve tried everything and still have no hot water at all, the first thing you should check is the circuit breaker for your hot water heater, or if you are running a gas heater, make sure your gas line is turned on. After making sure your heater is receiving power and/or gas, make sure the high temperature cutoff switch has not been tripped at the unit itself. also check the pilot light, if it’s a gas heater. After you have followed these steps, if you still do not have any hot water, it’s definitely time to call out the big guns.

When your hot water is not hot, it’s pretty annoying—especially on a chilly Texas morning. If you’ve exhausted all of our suggestions or just need a second opinion, Staggs Plumbing has the solution you need. Contact us at (972) 379-4000 to schedule an inspection so we can review the situation and provide the proper direction to take next.