14 Dec Hot Water Not Hot Enough? Here’s 4 Water Heater Problems You Should Know About…
A complete lack of hot water will get anyone’s attention fairly quickly, but what if your hot water is just… not hot enough? You might find that no matter how high you turn up your shower temperature, the water just doesn’t seem to hit that sweet spot. Or perhaps there’s not enough hot water, and at the end of the day you’re left with only cold showers. Here we look at 4 issues you could be facing with your water heater system.
BROKEN DIP TUBE
A broken, faulty, or disintegrated dip tube is one of the main reasons hot water might suddenly stop working. You may be wondering what a dip tube is. Dip tube problems gained high notoriety in previous years after a major manufacturer of dip tubes produced a large number of faulty tubes. This lead to a class action lawsuit against the company.
The dip tube is the tube in your hot water heater that bring cold water to the bottom of your water heater tank, so that the hot water can rise to the top. If the dip tube breaks or disintegrates, the cold and hot water mix, meaning that the water that should be ‘hot’ is cooler and diluted. If you notice a sudden decrease in the heat of your hot water, the dip tube could be to blame. This is a fairly easy and inexpensive repair, so call your plumber to diagnose and repair your hot water issues if you suspect your dip tube might .
Limescale or Sediment Buildup
Mineral rich water, also known as ‘hard’ water can create sediment and limescale build up in pipes, appliances and hot water heaters over time. Not only is this limescale and sediment unsightly, it can also reduce the efficiency of your water heater, creating an ‘insulative’ coating on your water heating element and preventing the element from heating the water effectively.
Sediment can be removed by emptying the hot water tank and removing all dispersed mineral build up. Attached limescale can be more difficult to remove, so consult with your plumber as to the best way to remove and prevent limescale.
The Heating System Needs Repair or Replacement
Occasionally, the heating system or heating element in the hot water tank is simply not functioning correctly and requires repair or replacement. Your local certified plumber can provide water heater repair that saves you on a new system and gets your hot water ‘hot’ again.
Inadequately Sized System
If you move to a new home with a smaller tank or a different type of water heater system you may find that your hot water heater is now longer adequate for you and your family’s needs. Older tank based systems are more prone to running out of hot water and leaving you stuck with a cold shower at the end of the day. Water heater replacement may be the best option if your current tank just doesn’t meet your needs or is very old. Tankless and on demand water heaters can provide you as much hot water as you need, when you need it, so talk to your plumber about a new water heater installation that provides unlimited hot water.
While running out of hot water is never pleasant, with these 4 ideas and the assistance of your local plumber, you can ensure your hot water is always ‘hot enough’ and you always have as much as you and your family needs.