No one likes a cold shower, but that’s exactly what you’re getting after a few minutes.
So what’s the deal?
Well, let’s get the obvious out of the way:
If those aren’t the issue, there are two possibilities that will cause you to quickly run out of hot water:
Your problem started only recently, and you’ve found small bits of plastic in the:
The dip tube is in the water heater tank and shoots cold water to the bottom of the tank where the heating of the water occurs. If it’s broken, cold water fills the top of the heater and begins to flow right out of the hot side. The water never gets the chance to heat. You can see where the dip tube is located in this diagram.
Call a professional to replace the dip tube.
However, repairing the water heater may not be worth it if it’s 10+ years old—the typical lifespan of a tank water heater. (Source: National Association of Home Builders.)
If you’re thinking about replacing the water heater, read our article, Water Heater Buyers’ Guide – Tankless or Traditional?
you’re problem has been more gradual, and your water heater has not been flushed every year.
Sediment is loose minerals that have settled to the bottom of the water heater tank. Sediment comes from minerals and deposits naturally in our water supply. It includes sand, silt, rust, etc.
Sediment causes you to quickly run out of hot water for 2 reasons:
Get the water heater drained and flushed to get rid of all the sediment. You can either DIY.
Learn more about the importance of water heater flushing in our article, “Should I Flush My Water Heater?” [FAQ]
Mr. Plumber can not only get your water heater back in working order, but we can keep it that way with a plumbing maintenance plan.
Contact us with your questions.
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