Why Am I Running Out Of Hot Water?

Why Am I Running Out Of Hot Water?

No More Hot Water? 

We’ve all been there. You’re in the middle of your much needed glorious hot shower after a long and tiring day and suddenly, as if out of nowhere a flood of piercingly cold water comes rushing through the shower head! “AHH” you scream as you try to maneuver your way out of the danger zone! You wait it out for a few seconds…..sometimes longer before it passes and you can get back to your lather and rinse. At this point you’re probably thinking one of three things (or maybe even a combination of these): 

  1. WOW, that was seriously cold!
  2. That’s the second time that’s happened this week! 
  3. Why the heck does this keep happening? 

Rest assured, we get it, we’ve been there and we can help! There are a few main reasons why this is happening and we can provide some helpful tips to avoid any screaming cold showers in the future! 

Excessive Hot Water Use

The first and most sometimes most common culprit resulting in lack of hot water is water usage. Particularly hot water over usage. Having your long hot shower right after you’ve cleaned up the kitchen from dinner and started the dishwasher may not be the best idea. Similarly, tossing those dirty gym clothes into the laundry machine right before your post-workout shower also won’t bode well in your favour. Being cognizant of when you’re using significant amounts of hot water and staggering those times so that your water heater has the appropriate amount of time needed to filter in new water and heat it will be pivotal in avoiding another cold shower blunder! 

There are also a couple of other helpful tips that we can provide to ensure that you’re making the absolute most out of your hot water! 

  1. Shorter Showers: Take shorter showers. The average shower usually lasts about 8.2 minutes, using 17.2 gallons of water. We know it’s easy to lose track of time singing along to your favourite playlist in the shower, but cutting that number down by 1-3 minutes can significantly reduce your hot water usage, energy consumption and your overall monthly water bill.  
  2. Load it up: Instead of tossing in a quick small load of laundry or popping in the 10 odd dirty dishes and cutlery, wait until you have full loads to run the dishwasher and the laundry machine. By doing so, you’re saving large amounts of hot water in the long run. 

Tank Size

Your water heater tank size could be another glaring indication of why your hot water keeps running out. As a general rule of thumb

Small Tank: A 50-60 gallon tank is sufficient for one to three people. 

Medium Tank: An 80 gallon tank is great for three to four people.

Large Tank: An 80+ gallon tank is best suited for four to six people.

If the size of your water tank doesn’t properly align with the amount of people in your household it could be the answer as to why you keep running out of hot water! It may be time for a water heater upgrade

Inefficient Elements

Have an electric heater and you’re continuously running out of hot water although you monitor and manage your usage? This may be an indication that a heating element in your water heater isn’t functioning properly. Electric water heaters typically have two heating elements. If one is burnt out, it significantly reduces the functionality and overall amount of hot water in your tank. Elements can stop working for various reasons: they may be burnt out or mineralization and build of could have occurred. We won’t be able to determine the problem until we come out and assess your water heater. 

Reliance to the Rescue

We’re here to get to the bottom of why you keep running out of hot water! At Reliance Heath, ensuring that you and your family are well equipped with all the hot water that you need, 365 days of the year is our top priority. Our team of trusted experts is just one phone call away! We’ll be out to assess your water heater and provide a recommended course of action! Say goodbye to cold water!

Electric vs. Gas Water Heaters: How Do They Work?

Electric vs. Gas Water Heaters: How Do They Work?

Today, we walk you through how both electric and gas water heaters work. We help you make a decision on which one is right for your family.

Electric vs. Gas Water Heaters

Time for a new water heater rental? Or maybe your owned water heater is on its last leg and you’re finally making the decision to switch to renting. Now that you’ve decided it’s time for an upgrade, you have to make the decision between electric or gas water heaters. Today, we’ll walk you through how each works and help you make the right decision for your family! 

Bradford White, the trusted and reliable product line that we use offers both gas and electric water heaters. Both promise to deliver on safety and performance! The main commonality between a gas water heater and an electric water heater is that their purpose is the same. Both have a large tank attached to a heating mechanism. That mechanism converts your cold water to hot water for a variety of different uses within your home. 

How Gas Works

You’ve heard of gas stoves, maybe you even have one in your home. Gas water heaters work in a somewhat similar way in that they burn gas which is then converted to heat. A typical gas water heater burns gas to heat the hot water located inside your home’s water heater tank.

As the hot water is used to wash dishes and take that hot shower after a long day, cold water then enters the chamber via a tube, filling the bottom of the tank. Located outside of a gas water heater you’ll find a gas valve. The valve attaches to a thermostat which will read the temperature of the water inside the tank. The thermostat reads the temperature of the cold water which has just entered, it then knows to open the gas valve. At which point the burner kicks in and begins to heat the cold water that remains at the bottom of the tank. This process then continues as you go about your routines and use hot water in your daily life.

Gas Water Heater Models

At Reliance Heath, we carry a number of Residential Gas Water Heaters that promise to deliver maximum efficiency! 

Not sure which gas water heater is best for your home? We can help. 

How Electric Works

Electric water heaters differ from gas water heaters in that they use electricity instead of gas to convert cold water into hot water. Located inside of the tank you’ll find two heating elements that heat the water inside of the tank. Based on your water heater temperature settings, the two elements will work together to heat the water to the set temperature. Once the desired temperature is reached, the elements will then turn off.

At Reliance Heath, we recommend that your water heater is not set above a temperature of 140 F or 78 C. The efficiency of the water heater largely depends on the tank and the heating elements. On every water heater, you’ll find a hot water pipe and a cold water pipe. The cold water pipe is attached to the dip tube. Then incoming water is then sent to the bottom of the tank to be heated and then sent out to the hot water pipe as you switch your dishwasher on or begin to run a warm bath. 

Electric Water Heater Model

Reliance Heath uses the  Bradford White AeroTherm® Series Heat Pump (RE) to heat your water like never before. With four easily selectable operation modes (Heat Pump, Hybrid, Electric, Vacation), the AeroTherm Series gives you control over your water heater’s energy consumption.

Your Best Water Heater Yet

We understand that efficiency, water bills, and having the smallest negative impact on the environment are usually our customer’s main concerns and we’ve got you covered. 

So, this all sounds great but you’re still unsure which type of water heater may be best for your family, given your home’s unique needs. No problem. Our team of trusted experts is just one phone call away! We’ll come down and assess your current water heater situation and provide you with a recommendation that is the optimal choice for your home. Get ready for your best water heater yet.