Nothing is worse than running out of hot water right after you get the shampoo lathered into your hair. Except when it’s not the first time, and you don’t know why it keeps happening. Here, we will take a minute to explain the possible reasons that you are getting shorted on the most enjoyable part of your day, and how you can fix it.
You’re Using Too Much Water
One reason that you keep running out of water may be simply that water is flowing too quickly from your water heater. This is an easy fix. You can install lower flow showerheads to rein in the excess water flow. We know what you’re thinking – you don’t want a shower that feels like you’re standing outside in the rain, no one has time for that. But lowering your water flow doesn’t mean that you will have to take a birdbath everyday. Today’s manufacturers have created state-of-the art low-flow showerheads that allow you to pace that precious hot water without losing performance.
Service the Water Heater
Your water heater may be struggling and you don’t know it. This can happen for a few reasons. For one, there could be mineral buildup in the bottom of your water heater. This is particularly the case is you have hard water. If you have a tankless hot water heater, also known as an electric tankless water heater or an “on demand” water heater, you may have a constriction in the heat exchanger, which is reducing the capacity of the water heater. Servicing a water heater is obviously not something you want to try to do yourself – but Google “plumbers near me” and you could have this done in a day.
Upgrade your water heater
If you’ve done the above and are still having problems, it may be time for you to switch out your hot water heater for a higher capacity, or even a tankless, or tankless electric hot water heater. As with water heater repair and servicing, installation is a job better left to your local plumber. It is an investment, but you should recover the cost, as newer systems have energy-saving advancements that will save your household money on your future electric bills.
Don’t make shower time a miserable ritual. Call your local plumber to come check the condition of your water heater and give you a diagnostic and an estimate on the cost to have it serviced or upgraded. Your investment is likely recoverable by savings from reduced energy use, and you can live in peace without having to worry about running out of hot water.