If you're never able to take a long, hot shower without the hot water running out, you could be wondering about the cause of the problem. A few things can cause this problem, including the following four things. Once you find out the cause of the problem, you can then begin working on a solution that will hopefully allow you to start taking long, hot showers again.
1. You Use Too Much Hot Water at One Time
Firstly, be careful about how much hot water you use throughout your home at one time. If the washing machine is running on a warm or hot water cycle, someone is washing dishes with hot water, and you're taking a shower at the same time, you're probably going to run out of hot water more quickly.
Additionally, if you have a scheduling issue in your household in regards to showers, this can cause everyone to run out of hot water when showering too. For example, if two people in the house shower in different bathrooms at one time or if you take a shower right after someone else in the house takes one, you might have a problem.
The best thing that you can do to prevent this type of problem is to schedule your hot water use a little more carefully. Avoid washing dishes or running a load of laundry on the warm or hot cycle right before you take a shower. Additionally, try to wait a while after someone else in the house has taken a hot shower before you take one. That way, you can give the water heater time to fill up.
2. Your Water Heater Needs to Be Repaired or Replaced
Water heaters usually last for approximately 8 to 12 years. If your water heater is approaching or has exceeded this age, then the problem might be that your water heater is too old. Replacing it with a new, energy-efficient model will provide you with a reliable hot water source again, and it will probably even help you conserve energy.
Even if your water heater is not this old, though, it might need repairs. If you haven't kept up with maintenance, then wear and tear can become a problem sooner rather than later. Also, some units just have repair issues because of regular, steady use. A repair professional can help with repairing your water heater or can let you know if it's time to buy a new one.
3. Someone Has Left Hot Water Dripping in Your Home
If someone has left hot water dripping in your home, such as if the shower was left on slightly, then this can drain your water heater. A dripping faucet or showerhead can cause your water bills to go up too. Talk to your family members about turning off faucets and showerheads completely when they finish using them, and check your plumbing for leaks.
4. Your Water Heater Is Too Small for Your Needs
Water heater size is often based off of the size of the home and the number of bathrooms that you have. If your water heater isn't appropriately sized for your household, then it's probably not going to be able to keep up with demand.
Additionally, even if the water heater is the recommended size for your home, you might still have problems if you have a bigger family. This is because a bigger family can equal a need for more hot water.
If nothing is wrong with your water heater but you're still having a problem with running out of hot water, it might be time to buy a bigger one. Another option is to purchase separate tankless water heaters for other parts of the home, such as the bathrooms, to help take some of the pressure off your main water heater.
For more advice or to install a new water heater, contact us at First Class Water Heaters.