Top 4 Reasons Why You are Running Out of Hot Water Faster Than Before

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One of the most annoying phenomena that the majority of homeowners experience sooner or later is related to the issue of hot water. While their water heater is new, it seems like they have the endless supply of hot water, however, as time goes by and malfunctions happen, it may seem as if the situation changes for the worse. This makes your showering sessions less enjoyable and makes washing dishes into a complete nightmare. So, why does this happen? Well, there are a couple of great explanations and here are several solutions to this problem that you could start applying right away.

Sediment build-up

The first thing you need to understand that the water that passes through your water heater isn’t clean or homogenous. These dissolved minerals (like magnesium and calcium) get stored in the tank, due to the fact that they get separated as the water gets heated. Over the course of years, the sediment layer will become so large that it will drastically reduce the amount of hot water that can fit inside of your water heater. The only solution in this scenario is to get a professional specializing in hot water repair services and have them open up and clean the heater.
Noticing this problem is quite simple. First, some of the sediment may be visible on the side of the water heater or even as the water comes out. Second, unusual noises like knocking, crackling or popping may also be present. This happens because the sediment layer may form some pebble-like formations which will make this noise when slammed against the surface of the water heater. Also, hissing and leaking from the TPR valve may be indicators that this is the reason why you’re running out of hot water so quickly.

Heater type-specific problem

In general, there are many different types of water heaters. The two most common ones are electric water heaters and gas water heaters. Depending on the type, you might encounter a number of issues and it’s usually for the best to have the person who installed the heater do the repair or maintenance. If not, look for someone specializing in this type of heater. Lastly, keep in mind that the popularity of solar-powered heaters is on the rise, as well. This raises a whole world of new potential issues that you’ll have to look into.

A broken dip tube

The next problem that might have occurred is a broken dip tube. Now, one of the questions that you may have to ask is what is a dip tube. Simply put, it’s a tube that ensures that cold water is pushed to the bottom in order for it to get heated. So, why does a dip tube gets damaged? Well, first of all, the part may have reached the end of its lifespan or it might have been faulty from the start. Physical damage (an impact of sorts), might have played a hand in its destruction, as well. All in all, if this is the case, the broken part needs to be replaced.

The unit is too old

The very last thing that you need to take into consideration is the likelihood that the unit itself is too old. Previously, we’ve talked about the sediment build-up (which happens over time) and the breaking of various parts, which may become more brittle with age. However, if you wanted, you could always look at these malfunctions as mere symptoms of a larger problem – the age of the water heater. There are only so many times you can fix the water heater and there’s only so much that maintenance can do. At one point, you’ll have to replace your water heater with a new one.

In conclusion

As you can see, understanding why these things happen usually comes down to understanding the anatomy of a water heater and taking a step-by-step approach in order to determine what went wrong. Keep in mind, though, that this is an appliance that uses both water and electricity and is, as such, quite dangerous to tamper with on your own. In order to avoid any potential danger, make sure to get a professional to look into it. Safety always comes first.

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