Whether you need to take a soothing and relaxing shower after work or wash clothes for the week, you depend on hot water to get the job done. But if your hot water supply seems limited whenever you use it, make a few helpful changes in your water heater. Your demand for hot water may be more than your water heater can supply. Here are changes you can make with your water heater to help meet the demands of your lifestyle and home.
Limited Your Water Usage
If your water heater isn't large enough to handle constant or long-term usage, it can quickly run out of hot water. The appliance should be able to comfortably hold up to 75 percent of its capacity at any given time. This amount prevents the need to wait for your water heater to warm up your water whenever you turn on your shower, laundry machine, or taps.
You can replace your current water heater with an appliance large enough to support your family's needs. If you can't afford to replace the appliance right away, you can try limiting your hot water usage throughout the house. Some people place devices on their showerheads to decrease or slow down the amount of hot water that flows through them. You can also change the setting on your water heater to minimize the flow of water through your home.
If you make the changes above and they don't work, contact a plumber at your earliest convenience.
Repair the Upper or Lower Heating Element
Sometimes, water heaters run low on hot water when they're upper and lower heating elements wear down. The upper heating element ensures that water is hot near the top of the appliance, and the lower heating element keeps water reasonably hot near the bottom of the appliance. If one element experiences a problem, it may affect how well the other element works.
A plumber can check both elements to see if require replacements or repairs. If the elements are burnt out, frayed, or completely unusable, a plumber can replace them. A plumber may also check the appliance for sediment buildup and other problems that can interfere with its heating functions. If sediment buildup is an issue, a plumber can flush out your water heater.
If you need additional solutions for your home's hot water problem, contact a water heater repair contractor or specialist to schedule an appointment.