School is in session! With everyone in your house getting ready at once in the mornings, are you finding yourself shivering by the end of your shower? This might mean your water heater is in need of some TLC, especially if you don’t remember the hot water running out last school year.
While water heaters can be tricky to work with, there are some issues you can remedy with some DIY, saving you the cost of a service call. Here are some steps that could fix your slow water heater. If these tips don’t fix the problem, or if you suspect the fix might be beyond your ability, the plumbing experts at Joseph Giannone Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help.
Since water heaters are generally located in basements, closets and other out-of-the-way spots, you might not know you can adjust the temperature of the water it puts out. Adjust the temperature dial on the front of your water heater, wait a bit, then turn on a faucet and see if the water stays hot.
If your water heater is located in a space that’s not climate controlled, and if the hot water pipes travel through cold spaces, a cold snap will make it harder to heat water and keep it hot. Inspect the hot water pipes and insulate them if necessary. Visit your local hardware store and purchase an insulating blanket to wrap your water heater, too.
As water travels through pipes to reach your water heater, it picks up minerals and sediment along the way. Over time, this sediment builds up at the bottom of your water heater, taking up space that hot water could occupy. Flushing your water heater’s tank removes the sediment and gets the heater back to normal capacity. This is a project you can tackle on your own by following these steps:
This process should drain the sediment out of the bottom of the tank, restoring it to normal operation.
Unfortunately, water heaters don’t last forever. Running out of hot water too fast might mean it’s time to think about a replacement. Here are some of the signs:
If any of these is true for your water heater, the experts at Giannone can recommend a newer model that will keep your showers hot for years to come. For an upfront estimate and a range of options, call us at (215) 375-7134 or contact Giannone online today.
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