Water heater maintenance

You step into the shower first thing in the morning, expecting to enter a stream of fantastically hot water that wakes you up and starts your day off on the right foot. Instead, you step into a glacial fountain of ice that refuses to heat up no matter how long you wait. Eventually, you either have to suffer through the ice bath or consign yourself to a grimy, shower-free day.
Does this scenario sound familiar? If so, it's time to stop suffering through your icy showers and get to the root of your hot water problem. Read through our list of reasons below of why your hot water heater might not be producing the amount of water you need-at the end of the blog, you'll have a few ideas of how to change your water heater or habits so you can go back to enjoying a blissfully warm morning shower.

1. Your Water Heater Is Too Small to Keep Up With Your Household

Do you and your family members fight over who gets to shower first thing in the morning, knowing that the last person up will definitely be consigned to the shortest, coldest shower? If so, your water heater could simply be too small for your household's needs.
Traditional water heaters heat several gallons of hot water that are stored in a tank until you turn the tap. Once the hot water runs out, you'll have to wait a while for the tank to reheat, which is why if you're the last one to shower, icy water is your only option.
If you're still using the same water heater you and your partner used years ago before you had a few children, chances are your family size has outgrown your water heater. Schedule an appointment with a plumbing professional who can evaluate your heater, determine if you need more water, and recommend the right water heater size for your needs.
If upgrading to a larger water heater isn't in your budget right now, you can solve the problem by having family members stagger their showers. One person can get up a half hour earlier than the rest, who can then take turns showering at half-hour increments.

2. You've Skipped Your Yearly Water Heater Maintenance

Over time, mineral deposits tend to build up inside your water heater's tank, especially if your house uses hard water instead of soft water. These mineral deposits form hard layers that keep the water heater from working efficiently, which means water heats up less quickly and leaves you with a frigid shower.
To remove the deposits, flush the tank. If you're not comfortable performing this task by yourself, schedule a visit with a plumber who can flush and clean the tank, plus make any other tune-ups that can help your water heater run more efficiently.

3. You Need a Different Type of Water Heater

If you keep running out of hot water, it might be time to switch to a different type of water heater altogether. For instance, tankless water heaters don't store hot water but, instead, start heating water as soon as you turn on the tap.
Tankless water heaters can be more energy efficient than other types because they don't expend the energy to heat water that you won't use. However, they might not be right for larger households. Talk to your plumber to find out if tankless water heaters will improve your home's hot water and efficiency or reduce it.

Get in Touch With a Plumber Today

You don't have to suffer through cold water for the rest of your days. Instead, talk to a plumber to find out if any of the three reasons above are behind your lack of hot water. At Bedell Plumbing Inc., we're happy to offer water heating solutions to our customers who want to get rid of cold showers for good. Get in touch, and read through the rest of our blog to find more plumbing tips.