Freezing … That’s how you’d describe the water in your shower after several minutes. There are reasons this is happening.
Here are 4 common ones:
Simultaneously running too many other hot water appliances will leave you in a deep freeze in the shower.
Dishwashers and washing machines are your biggest hot water hogs. So, try to schedule your showers when those aren’t running.
Do you have more family members since you first bought your water heater? Did you move into a home that had a smaller family? Did you buy a smaller water heater to save money?
If you said “yes” to any of these, it’s possible your current water heater can’t meet your family’s hot water needs.
To see if your water heater can meet your needs, try this:
Learn more about buying water heaters in these articles:
The dip tube pushes cold water to the bottom of the tank so the heating element can heat it.
But a broken dip tube will shoot cold water into the top of the tank, preventing it from being properly heated.
If you find small bits of plastic in the shower head or clogging a strainer, this is your problem.
Imagine you have a drinking cup with a rock in it. The rock takes up space in the cup so there’s less room for water.
That’s what sediment does to your water heater. Sediment (fine minerals carried in by the water) builds up in the water heater tank over time and takes up space so there’s less room for hot water.
If this is your problem, your water heater needs flushing.
Learn more in this article: “Should I Flush My Water Heater”?
For further information about how to solve this problem, ask one of our plumbing experts for help.
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