You depend on a supply of hot water in your home every day for numerous tasks. It’s hard to take a shower each morning without hot water, and getting cooking and cleaning done is tough and sometimes impossible when there’s insufficient hot water coming from the water heater. If you notice that your home is running out of hot water sooner than it used to, call on water heater technicians to find out what is wrong and offer you options to remedy it.
Reasons for a drop in hot water volume
- Broken dip tube: This is one of the most common reasons for losing hot water in a house. The dip tube carries fresh, cold water down through the tank of the water heater and deposits it along the bottom of the tank. There it is heated up, and then it rises to the top of the tank where a circulator pump moves it into the hot water lines. If the dip tube breaks, it will leave cold water at the top of the tank, and the pump will have far less hot water to draw on.
- Failed heating element: If you use an electric water heater, a drop in hot water volume may be due to one of the heating elements inside the tank burning out. The tank has two elements, one at the top and one at the bottom, and if one of them fails, it will mean much less hot water.
- System age: If you have a water heater more than 15 years old, the problem may be that it is too aged to work effectively any more. Loss of hot water is one of the strongest signs that a water heater should be replaced. Ask a technician to look over your current system and see if replacement is the best choice.