At the end of a long and tiring day, there is nothing better than a hot shower…and nothing worse than having it turn cold on you!
Running Out of Hot Water?
Hot water woes are common in some households, especially ones with multiple family members. However, that need not be the case. Here are three ways to help ensure everyone will have hot water available when they need it.
1. Plan Your Hot Water Usage
The more people in your home, the more you have to think strategically when it comes to hot water usage. If multiple people shower within a short window of time, there is a good chance the hot water heater will not keep up with the demand. The problem of running out of hot water will only increase if your dishwasher and/or washing machine are also in use.
If everyone likes to take a shower first thing in the morning, make sure they are short ones. Also, try to run the dishwasher or washing machine in the evening or another time when the family’s hot water usage is low.
2. Have Your Water Heater Checked
Did you forget to have a certified technician give the water heater a yearly physical? No matter how well-made a unit is, some parts will eventually start to wear out. This may not cause complete failure, but can definitely compromise its efficiency and the amount of available hot water.
If you seem to be running out of hot water faster these days, your heating elements may be on their last legs. Is the water no longer as hot as it used to be? There could be an issue with your dip tube causing unheated and heated water to mix, thus lowering the temperature. Clogs resulting from mineral build-up can result in an uneven distribution of water and insufficient supply. Being proactive and having a knowledgeable professional check your unit annually can help reduce the likelihood of such issues.
3. Choose a New Water Heater
Everyone’s needs change over time and that can mean having to upgrade existing equipment to satisfy those new requirements. Your current water heater may have come to the end of its life or simply does not offer the capacity for your expanded household.
If you have an older unit, there are also models available now that use less energy and are much more efficient. There will be some cost upfront to replace a current water heater, but the eventual savings will more than cover it. In the meantime, you can also enjoy the benefits of a superior model that does a better job and won’t let you down.
Concerned your hot water heater is not doing its job? AtlasCare experts will be happy to examine your unit and make suggestions. We can also work with you to choose a new hot water heater with the capacity to meet your needs and not cost you a lot in energy bills. Call us today to learn more and take advantage of our rent-to-own water heater promotion, which offers some incredible savings!
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