There Might Be a Few Reasons
Everyone enjoys a nice warm shower or bath, but many of us don’t appreciate the miracle that is a water heater, until you don’t have any hot water. For many of us, water heaters are a necessity that we often don’t think about. The unsettling feeling you get when the water turns cold may amount to the fact that you do not have enough hot water in your heater to sufficiently produce enough for your household.
The information provided below is not to replace your water heater manual. If you are experiencing any problems with your water heater please contact one of our technicians at Steward’s Plumbing. However, if you are curious as to know what’s going on with your water heater, there are a couple root problems that may be the cause of the lack of hot water in your household:
- Seasonal Temperature Variations – Does your home tend to have less hot water during the winter months? Your water heater may actually be working properly, but the amount of hot water produced may be lowered due to the colder water entering the water heater tank. Since the water is cooler in the winter, the water takes longer to heat up – and in general we tend to like our water to be hotter than normal in the winter months to accommodate for the cooler weather. If the hot water deficiency continues after the frigid winter months, then contact a technician at Steward’s Plumbing.
- Defective Shower Control or Faucet Valve – Is hot water being produced in some showers and faucets but not others? Then the issue might be with a faulty shower control or faucet valve and not the water heater itself. Contact Steward’s Plumbing for any and all shower control and faucet valve maintenance and repair.
- Increased Water Usage – Are there more people using hot water in your household than usual? Your water heater tank may not be able to produce the amount of water needed to provide for this spike in hot water usage. Try washing clothes in cold water, reduce hot water usage during showers, and take other conservation measures.
- Leak in the Plumbing – If there is a leak in your plumbing system, your water heater may be struggling to create hot water. The leak may be causing cold water to steadily enter the tank, hindering the water from being heated to a warmer temperature. A technician at Steward’s Plumbing can find the leak and make any necessary repairs to return your water heater’s efficiency.
- Water Heater Not Big Enough – Do you constantly run out of hot water and fairly quickly? Is your water heater old? The problem might be due to the water heater not being big enough for your household. Contact Steward’s Plumbing and schedule a consultation to see if you are in need of a new water heater tank.
- Transposed Plumbing Connections – During the installation of a water heater, sometimes the connections get reversed. Make sure that the correct hoses are attached the appropriate connections.
- Water Heater Overdue for a Flushing – If you live in an area that has hard water or simply have a water heater that is many years old, it may be time to drain and flush out your tank. If a tank has not been drained and flushed, silt can build up and diminish your water heater’s performance. You may follow the owner’s manual instructions for flushing your system, or give us a call.
There could be several reasons as to why your water heater might not be working properly, not including the reasons listed above. The best practice is to contact a plumbing service to identify the problem if you continue to experience issues. If you need a service provider, contact Steward’s Plumbing! Rely on us to get the job done right the first time with a professional and friendly team of experts.