Your water heater is a key part of your home and family's lives. Not only is it responsible for the hot water needed to shower and bathe, but it is also important for washing dishes and clothes.
Unfortunately, many homeowners do not place much thought into their water heater until they no longer have hot water. A variety of issues can prevent your water heater from heating enough water for you and your family's needs. This guide and your plumber will help you understand and address the most common problems affecting your hot water.
Slow Production of Hot Water
One of the most common complaints plumbers hear from homeowners is that it takes too long for the water to heat up. This increases the time it takes to complete simple tasks and makes showering, bathing, and washing dishes uncomfortable and annoying.
It is important to remember that it will take time for the water to heat up and flow to your designated faucet or showerhead. Even tankless models, which are commonly referred to as instantaneous water heaters, do not provide you with an instant supply of hot water.
If you need an instant supply of hot water, consider installing a point-of-use water heater to your shower or sink faucet. This addition heats water up instantly at your designated location, reducing the time, discomfort, and energy waste of waiting for your water heater.
Insufficient Supply of Hot Water
Another common complaint plumbers hear is that homeowners constantly run out of hot water. A variety of reasons could cause this lack of hot water.
If you have a large number of people in your household, each member of the family is probably using a large portion of your hot water supply before you have a chance to shower. Solving this problem is actually quite simple, but it may require replacing your water heater.
A small water heater tank holds between 50 and 60 gallons of hot water and is only sufficient for 1 to 3 people. If you have a larger family, consider upgrading to a water heater with a larger tank.
Investing in a tankless water heater is also an option to consider. Tankless models heat water only when necessary, meaning they only use energy (or gas depending on the type you choose) when you turn the water on. On average, tankless models are 30 to 50 percent more energy efficient than traditional water heaters with a tank.
However, because there is no tank or need to wait for the hot water supply to heat back up, there is no risk of running of hot water.
Dirty Hot Water
If you see dirt, discoloration, and sediment coming out of your hot water faucets, you should be concerned. While most likely still safe to wash with and consume, the sediment in your hot water is a sign that you have sediment in your water heater tank.
As the water moves into your tank, dirt, debris, and minerals will also move through, eventually settling inside the tank. As the water heats up, the sediment will harden on both the bottom and sides of the tank's interior. Over time, this hardened debris can cause your tank to crack and leak.
The sediment not only causes your water to be dirty and discolored, it also slows the transfer of heat, reducing your supply of hot water and making your water heater less efficient.
Flushing the tank is effective for removing this sediment, cleaning, and increasing your supply of hot water. Most experts recommend flushing your water heater at least once a year.
For maintenance, repairs, or replacing your water heater, contact First Choice Plumbing Solutions in Gainesville, FL.