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Running Out of Hot Water Faster

Mar 13, 2021
Running Out of Hot Water Faster

If your family members are always rushing to be the first to shower because the hot water runs out fast, then this article is for you. Before you blame your spouse or roommates for the cold shower, understand that a water heater has a certain capacity to produce hot water and this capacity can be negatively affected by certain faults and damages. There are some simple troubleshooting tips that can help you identify the source of the problem, and we will summarize some in this article. You can also call Neighborhood Plumbing to have a certified plumber take care of the issue today.

Signs of Trouble

Running out of hot water faster than usual is probably the most obvious sign of an issue, but there are some other common signs of trouble:

  • Low hot water pressure
  • Leaking water heater
  • Discolored or cloudy water
  • Smelly water
  • Noisy water heater

Call Neighborhood Plumbing if you notice any of these signs. We can have a certified plumber dispatched to your location to inspect the unit today. You can also try troubleshooting and repairing the unit on your own.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you are positive that there is something wrong with the water heater but can’t put your finger on the actual problem, then try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Inspect for leaks around the water heater. Water leaking from the top of the unit is less serious, generally attributable to loose pipes or faulty valves. If the unit is leaking from the bottom, however, you might have a leaky gasket or too much pressure in the tank.
  • Check that the circuit breaker has not been tripped off. Look in the electrical panel and make sure the respective circuit breaker is in alignment.
  • Listen for noises. Knocking, hissing, and banging sounds coming from the water heater can indicate sediment buildup. Try flushing the tank to remove the sediment and refill the tank.
  • Examine the water itself. Rusty or discolored water can mean there is corrosion or hard water in the water supply line.

Repair the Unit

Ideally, the issue can be resolved with a quick part replacement or a sectional repair. The professionals at Neighborhood Plumbing can be in and out of your property within a couple of hours, especially if you have already troubleshooted and identified the problem. We are always available to take your call and arrange an emergency dispatch.

Time for a Replacement?

The water heater is neither designed nor built to last forever. Repairs only go so far. Eventually, the unit itself will degrade and reach a point of no return. At that point, repairs will be like putting a band aid on a gushing wound. After about ten to twelve years of service, the water heater will retire and you will need water heater replacement. The professionals at Neighborhood Plumbing are happy to inspect your unit and determine whether it is time for a replacement. Our certified plumbers are also equipped to take care of the replacement itself.

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