You just started shampooing your hair, and oh no! The water is already getting cold! No one else has showered before you, the dishwasher isn’t running, and you haven’t done laundry today, so why is there no hot water? It’s likely a water heater issue.
Water Heater Woes
Before we look at malfunctions, let’s consider the size or quality of your water heater. Your family may have grown or you may have purchased a home from a smaller family, and the heater can no longer accommodate the hot water needs of the household. Also, a lower quality water heater with a low FHR (first hour rating) cannot supply a lot of hot water within a short time. However, if neither of these is the problem, you’ll need to contact a professional to make repairs.
One possibility could be build up in the tank. If you have hard water, there are likely minerals in the water that stay in the tank and eventually take up a lot of space. This sediment can also damage the tank, so it needs to be flushed out. Another problem could be a broken dip tube. This long component goes to the bottom of the water heater and releases the cold water to be heated by the heating element at the bottom. If it’s broken, the cold water doesn’t always reach the heating element before mixing in with the hot water.
Cold Showers are No Fun
Working on a hot water heater is a dangerous job, so please leave it to our Kline’s technicians. Our certified professionals have been specially trained to handle all types of water heaters and know what to do when trouble strikes. We also recommend having your water heater inspected on an annual basis to ensure uninterrupted hot water production for your family or business. Take advantage of our expertise, and Contact Us to inspect or service your water heater.