Running out of hot water in the shower is never fun, especially when you’re just waking up and trying to get ready for work or school. At Donley Service Center, we’ve seen this problem countless times and know there are a few reasons you may be running out of hot water too quickly.
Your Tank Is Not Big Enough for Your Family
If you have more than two people showering every morning, but your water heater tank is less than 50 gallons, you’re probably running out of hot water before everyone has had a chance to shower. If this sounds like it might be your problem, it’s a good time to consider upgrading.
High Use Water Jets
If you have an oversized, powerful shower head or even multiple shower heads, this could be contributing to your problem. Switching to more efficient, lower flow heads should help you conserve that hot water and make it last longer.
Heating Element is Wearing Out
Does it seem like it takes much longer for your water to heat up or that it doesn’t quite get as hot as it used to. This could mean that the heating element is wearing out. If your water heater is less than eight or ten years old, replacing the heating element could save you some money. However, if your unit is closer to ten years old, it’s a good idea to consider investing in a replacement.
Hard Water Sediment
Here in Arizona we have extremely hard water. Over time, sediment will build up and actually start filling up the tank of your water heater. If this is the case, you’ll need to flush your water heater of all the sediment. If you decide to try this yourself, be aware that working with hot water and electricity can be very dangerous. If you aren’t completely sure you can flush out the sediment yourself, you should call in a professional.
You Need a New Water Heater
Of course, the problem might just be that you need a new water heater. If your current unit is more than 10 years old, give Donley Service Center a call at 602-870-6840. We’ll help you get a new one installed and make sure you don’t run out of hot water in the shower anymore.