Why Does My Hot Water Heater Run Out So Fast?

Many people have had this experience. You're hoping for a nice, hot, relaxing shower, when suddenly the water starts to get cold. Yikes! Does your water heater need replacement, or is it a problem that could be fixed less expensively?

If you call Dauenhauer, any hour, we can help you diagnose the problem. It may just be that you need to adjust the temperature setting of your water heater. Many homeowners do not know that water heaters come with an adjustable temperature setting.

If the water heater is the correct capacity for your usage, it may be that the temperature was set too low. We find that this often happens in homes where there was a small child at one time. The homeowner, or even a previous homeowner, lowered the temperature as a safety measure to protect little hands that might turn on a hot faucet full blast. This is a relatively easy fix.

Another possibility is that the water heater is not the correct capacity for your needs. If your water heater has always given you trouble running out of hot water too soon, this is a strong possibility. If a broken water heater catches a family at a bad time financially, they will sometimes go down a size in capacity in an effort to save money and still get the water heater replaced. Alternately, a water heater may have been selected to fit within a particular closet size in an older house, rather than to fit the actual hot water demand of the home.

If that is the case, you will probably need to replace it with a larger unit that has the capacity to provide you with enough hot water to meet your family's demands.

Lastly, it could be that the water heater is beginning to fail. If your water heater is over 8-12 years old and has reliably provided enough hot water in the past, this is the most likely culprit.

If you find yourself stuck taking unintentional cold showers, call Dauenhauer any hour. We'll help you figure out the problem and get it fixed.