Ask a Plumbing Professional: Why is My Hot Water Heater No Longer Providing as Much Hot Water as It Once Did?

December 24, 2022

Ask a Plumbing Professional: Why is My Hot Water Heater No Longer Providing as Much Hot Water as It Once Did?

Is there anything more annoying than taking a nice, relaxing shower only to notice that the water is starting to get chilly much sooner than it should have? There are several potential causes for this, but they all lead to your hot water heater. Following learning about four potential causes for this, call Econo West at (661) 269-0308 for expert assistance if you do.

Your hot water tank has accumulated sediment

Any naturally occurring minerals in water (such calcium and magnesium) become sediment particles when it is heated. They might eventually cause problems by sinking to the bottom of your water heater tank. This may cause you to run out of hot water and cause significant temperature swings. A hot water flush is the solution to this problem, which your neighborhood plumber can take care of for you.

Your tank is unable to withstand the pressure

Only so much water can be heated at once by a single heater. A water heater that is too small can be at blame if you frequently run out of hot water. To choose the appropriate water heater size, you must take into account the square footage of your property and the number of occupants.

The dip tube of the water heater is damaged

We advise upgrading your water heater every ten to twelve years because this occurs more frequently in older water heaters. It’s possible that the dip tube in your water heater, which was produced between 1993 and 1997, is broken. If the dip tube is not functioning properly, cold water may be coming from your heater even though there is still hot water in the tank. The dip tube’s job is to transport cold water to the bottom of the tank.

The lower element of your water heater is defective

The water heaters in the aforementioned examples have started to lose heat gradually. It’s most likely a problem with the lower heating element if your water heater seems to have suddenly turned cold. Although there are a few pieces that can malfunction, the lower element usually fails first. You’ll need the assistance of a skilled plumber in this case.

There are several of choices available if you require additional hot water on demand. It’s possible that flushing your appliance will solve the problem. Upgrade to a tankless water heater, a larger water heater, or multiple water heaters may be necessary. You can also require repairs. Whatever the problem, you should contact Econo West right away at (661) 269-0308.

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