Why does the hot water in your home run out too quickly?
Hot water is something that we all need to use each day. We rely on the hot water supply in our homes to meet all our needs such as showering, washing clothes and washing dishes. If you start to experience problems with this, it can be a real inconvenience. It can also mean you start to enjoy a nice hot shower and end up freezing cold. If your hot water supply is not lasting as long as you want it to you will obviously want to address the issue as soon as possible. We are going to take a look at some possible causes and solutions.
Scheduling the use of hot water
One of the major causes of a lack of hot water is simply using too much at the same time. You can get used to always having plenty of hot water available, and begin to take it for granted. It’s all too easy to just jump in the shower at the same time as the dish washer and washing machine are operating, The problem is that if you use too much hot water at once your household peak usage can exceed that which your hot water system is able to produce. When this happens you simply have no more hot water to use, at that time. It’s relatively easy to prevent this problem from occurring. You need to schedule hot water usage, so that activities such as showering take place when household appliances are not running.
Checking the size of your hot water tank
If you have a water heating system that uses a tank there is a chance that the tank may not be big enough for your needs. The number of people living in the household may have increased, or you may have purchased new appliances. Generally, If there are only one or two people living in the property a water heater with a capacity of between 23 and 36 gallons should suffice. The capacity needs to insrease with the number of people; a capacity of between 36 and 46 gallons for three to four people, a capacity of 46 to 56 gallons for four to five people and a capacity of more than 56 gallons if more than five people live in the property, If the capacity of the hot water tank is not high enough you can find yourself running out of hot water at inopportune moments.
Checking the elements in a tankless system
If your tankless water system is not producing the amount of hot water that it should, it could be that there is a problem with the elements. You need to check them to see if they need to be repaired or replaced. Do not forget to switch off the power at the circuit breaker first, and then you can set about carrying out the test. If you do not feel confident enough to do this, just ask a Sydney plumber for help. They will investigate the problem, and replace the elements if necessary. All of these issues can be the cause of your hot water supply running out too quickly. Hopefully, we have helped you find a solution to your problem.