There you are, mid-shower and suddenly your water runs icy-cold! Suddenly the rest of the shower is not going to be fun. No one likes having their hot water run out, especially during a shower. At Botanical Plumbing, we understand how frustrating this can be. Below we have outlined the main reasons why your hot water can run out.
The main problem that can lead to your hot water running out mid-shower is sediment buildup. As your water heater fills, the minerals in the water can begin to settle into the water tank and can accumulate in large amounts over time. This, in turn, can mean that there is very little space left in the tank for actual water.
If the problem is sediment buildup, then you will need to flush your water heater of the minerals and dirt that are clogging your tank. This is a pretty simple task but it can be time-consuming and tedious to do.
You will need to ensure that you have set aside time when no hot water is needed and also ensure that you have the manufacturer’s instructions as care must be taken when cleaning the systems as there are often strict safety precautions to follow. If you are unsure of the details of your hot water system, it can be advisable to get in a trusted professional plumbing service to do the job for you.
Old Water Heater
As water heaters age, like any equipment, they can begin to deteriorate and become less efficient over time. It can be a good idea if your water heater is a bit old, and you are running out of hot water quickly, to take a look at how it is working. Check for leaking, large amounts of steam, or strange noises. If you see any of these signs, it might be time to get your hot water system repaired or replaced.
Small Water Heater
This may sound like the obvious answer but sometimes it is not something you think about until you are running out of hot water. Water heaters come in all different sizes that not only tend to depend on the house size but also the number of occupants. You may have a 3 bedroom house but if there are only 2 people living there, you will only need a small tank, while as for the same house with 4 people, you will need double the water. A good rule of thumb is to start with a minimum of 90 litres of water and then add an additional 40L for every person. If you think that the size of your water heater is the issue, you may need to talk to a plumber about getting a larger heater installed.
Broken Dip Tube
A dip tube works to ensure that the cold water is pushed to the bottom of the water tank in your heater to be heated. If your dip tube is not working properly or is broken, then the cold water remains at the top of the tank and mixes with the hot water being delivered through your taps. This lowers the overall temperature of your water and though it may not mean your hot water is running out, it does mean the water you are getting is not particularly hot.
There are two main reasons why the dip tube stops working. Firstly, the part may have reached the natural end of its lifespan. This tends to be the case with older systems and means that you just need to get a new part. The second reason is that your dip tube is faulty due to a crack or break. This can be caused by any number of factors and will require a new part.
Need To Get Your Hot Water System Checked?
Thinking that you might need to get your hot water system checked out? Give our team at Botanical Plumbing Services a call. We are here to help with all gas-fitting and plumbing issues you may be facing and can walk you through the possible issues that are causing you to get a cold shock mid-shower. Contact us today.