Why Am I Running Out of Hot Water?
Nobody likes being greeted with cold water when they’re expecting it to be hot. There are a variety of reasons why your house is running out of hot water. Sometimes, it’s an easy fix. Other times, you’ll need the help of a professional plumber. Here some of the most common reasons for running out of hot water.
Too Many Appliances Using Hot Water at One Time
You may not be the only one in your household who’s using hot water in the morning. If someone is using hot water in the kitchen or other areas of your home while you’re showering, it can result in an ice-cold shower. Washing machines and dishwashers are notorious for using a lot of hot water. Avoid running these appliances while you’re taking your shower.
It’s common for sediment to enter your water supply. However, too much sediment build-up at the bottom of your water heater can reduce water heating efficiency. That’s because the sediment and loose minerals take up too much space and don’t leave room for hot water. It can also cut off the water tank from its heating source located at the bottom of the tank. You can fix this issue by having a professional plumber drain and flush the water heater.
Broken Dip Tube
Your water heater’s dip tube is a device that helps move cold water at the top of the tank towards the bottom, where it can be heated up. If the dip tube is broken, the cold water will remain at the top and won’t get heated. You may be able to tell that your water heater’s dip tube is broken if you find small pieces of plastic in showerheads, strainers, and filter screens. If you do discover small pieces of plastic, call your local plumber to fix the problem immediately.
Your Water Heater is Old
Nothing lasts forever, including your water heater. Water heaters, on average, can last between eight and twelve years. It can slowly start to show its age by having more problems and producing more cold water. If your water heater is over ten years old, it may be to blame for your cold water issue. Schedule an appointment with a professional Maryland plumber to find out if that’s the case.
Stop Running Out of Hot Water With the Help of Micheal Runk
If you’re tired of running out of hot water, Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating can help. We offer honest and dependable MD plumbing repair services. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.