No one wants to wake up on a cold morning, hop into the shower, and find that all of their hot water is gone. Unfortunately, that’s the moment many homeowners realize their water heater isn’t working as well as it once did.
Why Your Hot Water is Running Out
Water that flows through your tank often contains small amounts of dissolved minerals, like magnesium and calcium. As your water gets heated, these minerals fall to the bottom of your tank. Over time, this build-up can grow so large that it takes up valuable space where water should be stored.
A Broken Dip Tube
A dip tube pushes cold water from the top of the tank to the bottom, where it can then be heated. If your dip tube is broken, cold water can mix with hot water while traveling to your shower (or other appliances), leaving you with lukewarm water. If you’re finding small pieces of broken plastic in your filter screens or strainers, you likely have a damaged dip tube.
Just like your home, your water heater also has a thermostat. If you’re running out of hot water after just one shower, try resetting your water heater’s thermostat or raising the temperature.
Your Water Heater is Getting Old
While we’d all love for our appliances to last a lifetime, they all have a shelf life. The average water heater will last about a decade with routine maintenance. If you have to put money into repairing your water heater every season, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to purchase a new, more efficient unit.