Many people enjoy taking an invigorating cold shower first thing in the morning…but the other 99.5 percent of us in Brockville prefer a nice hot shower. Though the cold water can feel good as a wake-up call, it is definitely more comfortable to wash yourself with warm water. But what happens if you are running out of hot water often or if the water from your hot water is just not that hot?
Here are some things to think about:
Is your hot water tank in your Brockville home large enough? Size matters! If you have four teenage girls in the house, chances are the standard 40 gallon hot water tank is just not large enough to keep up with the demand. You will definitely have to think about investing in a larger tank or a tankless hot water system; when it’s time to get a new hot water tank really think of the next 10 years and what your household may look like and buy accordingly.
Speaking of hot water tanks in Brockville
If your hot water tank has a thermostat on it you would like to check the temperature. Most hot water tanks are set at a high temperature to kill any bacteria and then a mixing valve Is installed on the top so that you do not scald yourself with the hot water. Unfortunately, mixing valves are quite often the culprit of a lack of hot water or just lukewarm water coming out of your taps. The hot water tank should last you at least 10 years, but the mixing valve will often not last that long. And be aware that though you may be renting your hot water tank in Brockville in order for it to be maintenance-free, the mixing valve is not usually part of that fine print. Often it is up to the homeowner if the mixing valve fails.
If your hot water tank is over 10 years old there is a good chance that it is just on its way out.
Hot water tanks do not last all that long; the gas ones do last generally a little bit longer than their electric counterparts but not by much. Sometimes, you can replace just the element in an electric hot water tank but in our experience this is generally not much more cost-effective than replacing the entire tank. Occasionally, sediment will build up in the tank, which will prevent it from heating efficiently. The tank must be drained at this point and left to fill.
Another area where you may struggle with hot water is just having to replace a simple cartridge in one of your taps. Quite often, this is the case if you are lacking hot water just at that source but no one else.