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Why Am I Running Out Of Hot Water?


Waking up in the morning isn’t the easiest thing to do, but at least you have the comfort of a hot shower to meet you. That is, unless all of the hot water has run out! Why does this keep happening, where does all of it go, and is your hot water heater to blame? These are the questions that need to be answered!

Community Water
The shower isn’t the only fixture in the house that utilizes hot water. The dishwasher, washing machine, kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, and other showers all use their fair share. If multiple appliances or fixtures are running at the same time, each one will receive a smaller share of the warm water. Even too many people showering one after the other can cause this problem.

Size of the Tank
Every hot water heater has a tank rating, and that number is equivalent to the number of gallons of water it can heat in an hour. If your showers, sinks, and appliances are using more gallons of water per hour than the tank can heat, your tank might be too small. You’ll either have to use less of your appliances and fixtures at once, or upgrade your tank to a bigger size.

Heating Components
The hot water heater might have a part that is malfunctioning, preventing you from using the warm water you desire. Electric water heaters have heating elements that can become burned out. Gas water heaters have thermocouples which can also become faulty and render the heating process useless. Both respective parts should be tested and eventually replaced.

Running out of hot water when you have a hot water isn’t something that should happen too often. So if this is a reoccurring issue, you may want to have the experts at Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling take a look at it. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.