Nothing is better than a long, hot shower – and nothing is worse than running out of hot water halfway through it. If this is a common occurrence in your home, here are three potential reasons as to why.
Reason #1: Your demand is too high for your water heater’s supply.
Hot water heaters have a limit to how many gallons of water they can heat up per minute. It is important to know the size of your water heater to avoid pushing it past its limit. If you frequently run out of hot water, avoid using multiple appliances at once; such as the shower, dishwasher, and washing machine.
Reason #2: There is a sediment buildup in your water tank.
When water from your town’s plumbing system enters your home, it contains minerals such as calcium carbonate. Over the months and years, these minerals begin to collect in your tank in the form of sediment. When enough accumulates, it can decrease the efficiency of your hot water heater. Luckily, this sediment can easily be flushed from your tank – either on your own or with the help of a professional.
Reason #3: Your water heater is old and has lost its ability to produce hot water.
All good things must come to an end; including your hot water heater. Like any appliance in your home, your water heater will eventually hit a point where it has reached the end of its serviceable life. The average water heater has a life expectancy of about 10 years – if yours is much older than that, you should consider getting it replaced.
Air Treatment Heating & Cooling provides water heater repairs and installations to Fairfax County, Virginia. We offer a wide selection of gas and electric, as well as tank and tankless models to meet the needs and budget of any family. Visit us online for more information, or give us a call at (703) 270-0881.