Not Enough Hot Water? 3 Ways To Fix This Problem

Are you tired of waiting for hot water and running out of it every morning when you are showering? If so, you can hire a plumber to help you fix this problem. There are several solutions for this common issue, and your plumber may suggest one of three options, or all of them. With the right equipment and settings, you should end up having plenty of hot water in your home.

Adjust the Temperature Settings

Not having enough water could be caused by a number of things, but the first thing to check is the thermostat on the hot water heater. Your thermostat should not be set any lower than 120-degrees F, but you can set it as high as 140-degrees.

Hot water settings lower than 120-degrees are not generally hot enough, but you shouldn't set it too high because the water could be hot enough to burn your skin.

Adjusting the temperature setting on a hot water heater can help in some cases, but running out of hot water is usually a bigger problem than this.

Get Another Hot Water Heater

Most homes that run out of hot water have this problem because of the size of the hot water tank. Hot water tanks often come in sizes such as 30 gallons or 40 gallons. One hot water heater that is either size may not be large enough for an entire home. A hot water tank will never be 100% full, so with a 30 gallon tank you may have only 25 gallons of hot water.

Another issue with your hot water heater could be its age. If the tank is old, it may not be heating water properly, or it might be losing too much heat as it is stored.

Fixing this problem often involves getting a new tank, and there are several options for this, including installing:

  • A larger tank
  • 2 tanks
  • A separate tank for your shower only

Your plumber will help you decide which option is the best, and he or she may even discuss the option of choosing an instantaneous water heater (also called a tankless hot water heater). This is one that:

  • Does not store hot water
  • Makes hot water as needed
  • Can be installed for a shower only
  • Is highly efficient

No matter what type you choose, your plumber will help you select the right size for the needs in your home.

Install a Circulating Pump

A final option to solve this problem could be fixed by having a plumber install a recirculation pump in your home. A recirculation pump will not create more hot water for your home, but it does serve an important role.

The role of a recirculation pump is to deliver hot water to a faucet almost immediately. If you are used to turning on the shower and spending time doing other things while you wait for it to heat up, you will no longer have to do this anymore.

One of the benefits of this is that it may actually help you save money. As you normally wait for the water to get hot, you may not realize that you are actually using hot water, even though the water coming out is not hot. The water is a mixture of hot and cold water, and this wastes hot water. With a recirculation pump, you will waste less hot water.

With these three modifications to your home's plumbing system, you may end up having a sufficient amount of hot water whenever you need it. If you are interested in learning more, you can call a plumbing company or go to website and schedule an at-home appointment with an experienced plumber.