5 Reasons You Don't Have Enough Hot Water

5 Reasons You Don’t Have Enough Hot Water

We often take our hot water heaters for granted. We don’t think about it until we try to turn on the hot water and it doesn’t come out. Then there’s an issue. There could be several reasons why you’re not receiving enough hot water from your hot water heater. Here are five possible explanations.


Sediment in your tank can indicate a more serious problem and cause issues with the hot water coming out of the tank. Minerals can accumulate at the bottom of the tank over time, especially in locations with hard water, and prevent the water from being adequately heated. One approach to cope with this issue is to drain your tank annually, clearing off the silt. Rust in your water, on the other hand, is an indication of corrosion. That means you’ll need a new heater sooner rather than later.


The temperature in the tank of your hot water heater is controlled by a thermostat. If it’s not getting hot enough, try increasing the temperature. Make sure not to go past 140 degrees, though, as the water might scald at that point. If there’s a problem with the thermostat, it could be why you’re not getting enough hot water. A licensed plumber may be required to inspect the thermostat to ensure its proper operation.

Water Heater for Small Spaces

Another reason you may not have enough hot water is if your hot water heater is too small for your home or needs. This is possible if you installed the water heater yourself. It is advisable to consult an expert to establish the appropriate size for your home. Indeed, some tankless systems now provide continuous hot water.

Tube for dipping

Water is supplied to your hot water tank via a plastic tube that flows down to the tank’s bottom, preventing cold supply water from mingling with hot water at the tank’s top. If this tube breaks or falls off, the cold water may mingle with the hot water at the top, significantly chilling it.


If you’re doing several things that require hot water simultaneously, you’re bound to run out. As a result, it’s better to run appliances like dishwashers and washing machines while no one is showering or bathing.


When should you hire a plumber to repair your hot water heater?

If you believe your hot water heater is on its last legs or is too small for your home, you should consult a specialist. Since 1992, BJC Plumbers North Bergen has been assisting homeowners in North Bergen. Call us at (201) 389-9959 to schedule an inspection of your hot water heater.