Why Does My Hot Water Run out Faster in the Winter?

cold shower

Hot water heaters don’t always work as well as homeowners expect, especially during cold weather. Why can’t it keep up with demand? What can you do about it? The experts at Dependable Service Plumbing & Air have a few ideas on how you can find relief:

Improve Your Insulation

Traditionally, hot water tanks are in the basement or other little-used areas of a home, hidden away out of sight. It’s no surprise. They’re not known for being attractive. Unfortunately, this sometimes means placement in unheated areas of your house.

A water heater’s cold surroundings will leach heat away from the water it’s storing. Likewise, traveling long distances in cold pipes will lower the temperature of the water as it flows out the faucet. Insulating your water heater and plumbing goes a long way in preserving your hot water.

Schedule an Inspection

Water heaters have several components which eventually wear out. Those commonly associated with cool tank water are the:

  • Dip tube
  • Heating element
  • Thermostat

Fixing your problems might be as simple as replacing one part. If your system is over ten years old, however, or if your area has poor-quality water, it might be time for a new system. If so, talk to one of our technicians about whether a traditional tank or on-demand water heater is right for your property.

Learn more about hot water heaters with a quick call to Dependable Service Plumbing & Air at (843) 353-0461. We are happy to answer your questions and provide the expert services you need to keep your home’s hot water flowing this winter.

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