One of the most annoying things that can happen during a shower is running out of hot water and needing to finish your shower in icy water. Not having enough hot water is a big problem, and there are multiple things that can cause it. Here are three possible reasons why you don't have enough hot water for your showers.
Your water heater is too small
Water heaters are available in multiple sizes, and if yours is too small for your household's needs, you'll find yourself running out of hot water. Hot water heaters usually hold between 20 and 60 gallons of water, and the ideal size varies based on how many bedrooms and how many bathrooms you have.
For example, a 20 gallon heater is ideal for a house with one bedroom and one bathroom, but if you have four bedrooms and three bathrooms, you may be happier with a 60 gallon tank. A larger tank will be able to handle the demands that your household puts on it, so no one in the family will get stuck with a cold shower.
Your showerhead uses too much water
Sometimes, it's not your water heater that's the problem; it's your showerhead itself. Some showerheads use more water than others. Current government regulations require that showerheads use a maximum of 2.5 gallons of water per minute, but if your showerhead is old, it may use more than this.
If you have an old showerhead, replace it with a newer model that complies with current regulations. If your showerhead already uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute, consider switching to a low-flow showerhead. These models can use as little as 0.75 gallons per minute. Showerheads with a lower flow allow you to shower for longer before your water runs out.
Your water heater has a slow recovery rate
Once you've used all of the hot water inside your water heater, the unit needs to heat more water. Heating water takes time, but not all water heaters function at the same speed. Some types of units make hot water faster than other types do. For example, electric or gas-fired water heaters have a fairly slow recovery rate, while oil-fired water heaters or instantaneous water heaters have a fast recovery rate. If you run out of hot water in the middle of your shower and need to wait a long time for more hot water, you may want to switch to a different type of unit.
If you don't have enough hot water for your showers, you may have the wrong size water heater, the wrong showerhead, or the wrong type of water heater. For more information, contact Clark's Plumbing & Heating Corp. or a similar company.
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