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Reasons Your Water Heater Is Running Out of Hot Water

February 07 / 2021

Reasons Your Water Heater Is Running Out of Hot Water

Hot water is not just comfortable during the cold winter months, it is almost necessary to clean away dirt and filth. There are all sorts of things that can go wrong with the water heater, though, leaving you with lukewarm or cold water. You can always call the professionals at Rooter Hero Plumbing of Phoenix when your water heater is giving you problems, or you can attempt to solve it yourself. This article will go over some common water heater issues and their possible cause. If you have any specific questions or if you would like to hire a certified plumber, then feel free to call Rooter Hero Plumbing of Phoenix anytime. We are always available.

Cycling of Hot- and Cold-Water Spurts

You’re in the shower enjoying a hot shower when, suddenly, the water goes cold, then hot again and cold again. If your water is cycling through hot and cold, then there might be sediment buildup in the water tank. Sediment can build up due to hard water, corroded pipes, a damaged tank, or a worn-out anode rod. The sediment both takes up space, lowering the capacity of the tank, and absorbs the heat generated by the heating element.
We recommend that homeowners flush and drain the tank once a year to prevent buildup in the first place. If it has been years since you’ve flushed the tank, then it might be possible that the sediment will not completely drain out. That is when you may want to consider a replacement.

Hot Water Lasts for A Short Period

If you are only getting a small taste of hot water before it goes cold again, then there might be a problem with the heating elements. The bottom heating element heats the water added to the tank while the top heating element re-heats the water to keep the water hot. If one of these elements, especially the bottom one, malfunctions, then you will be forced to depend on a small quantity of hot water. The professionals at Rooter Hero Plumbing are happy to help replace your heating elements today.
It is also possible that your water heater tank is simply too small. This is probably the case if you end up with cold water when multiple appliances are working at the same time. Our emergency plumbers are ready to evaluate the size of your tank and determine whether it is time for an upgrade. Call now to consult with a professional.

Water Is Lukewarm

The dip tube sends cold water to the bottom of the tank where it is heated by the bottom heating element. If the dip tube is broken, then the cold-water mixes with the hot water at the top, giving you lukewarm water that is just not satisfying. The good news is that replacing a broken dip tube is quick, easy, and affordable. You can grab a replacement at your local hardware store and follow a tutorial or call Rooter Hero Plumbing to have a certified plumber take care of it.