Jeanette S
Jeanette S
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Asked on Jul 28, 2012

Why is hot water suddenly coming out too soon?

Jeanette SKMS WoodworksTina Hohman
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Last night about 12:30 AM, I went to use the hot water at my vanity. Usually it taks 15-20 seconds to get the water hot. Last night it was instant! At 6:30 AM today, same thing! It does not happen at any other faucets nor has it happened before! What is going on?
19 answers
  • Paul M
    on Jul 28, 2012

    Sounds like there may be a slow leak somewhere near the faucet and it is keeping hot water in the line near the valve so that when you open it you get instant hot water. If you don't have a drip in the faucet I would check within a couple of feet of the valve for a leak. If you can't find it and there are no wet spots monitor your water use to see if you have a leak at all and if you do you may need to call a plumber if you are not well versed at tracking down issues like this. Good luck.

  • Jeanette S
    on Jul 28, 2012

    Hubby was in bed at 12:30 last night and still in bed. He will be up soon so I will have him check it! Thanks!

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 28, 2012

    sometimes when the heating element in the hot water heater is going out you will get hot surges as well.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 28, 2012

    I second the drip idea...instant hot water is good thing for most folks. I'm lucky in that my mechanical room is directly below the master bath..turning on the shower an we get hot water is 2-3 seconds. Which makes sense since the top of the hot water tank is only 4-5 feet below the valves.

  • Jeanette S
    on Jul 28, 2012

    Hubby went under house and everything is dry...even to the point of being "dusty" he said. He particularly checked around the hot water heater and the line between the heater and the faucet in question...no leak found. He went out to the meter, took off the cover and it was not running. I have 3 sinks near each other....2 get hot immediately and the third one takes almost 20 seconds....? And the faucets are not dripping.

  • Becky H
    on Jul 28, 2012

    Jeanette, I've found here with the heat we've had, water remains hot in the hot water pipes, allowing for almost instant hot water.

  • Troye M
    on Jul 28, 2012

    Yes, hot water is here in TX too...really bad in the water hoses to water the plants. Like too hot to bathe in !!!!! Same in the house also..its just HOT !

  • Jeanette S
    on Jul 28, 2012

    Thanks for all the suggestions, but the water is not doing this except in one area? It is normally cool for about 20 seconds in the rest of the house. And this has never happened before! We have a great plummer and I will call him Monday.

  • Dee W
    on Jul 29, 2012

    Good Luck Jeanetter-hope it is an easy fix!

  • Jimmy S
    on Jul 29, 2012

    My water started getting hot and then my water heater went out...hopefully that is not the case for you

  • Jeanette S
    on Jul 29, 2012

    Well, it's about that time. They only last about 7-10 years anyway! The instant hot water was first noticed as I was preparing to go to bed late after watching olympics opening...12:30 AM but late last night it was back to taking 20 seconds to get hot...??? So it is a wait and see game!

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 29, 2012

    That is what mine did when the heating element started going bad. It would surge hot....then it would be tepid and I would have to push the reset button. Finally had to replace the bottom element.

  • Dee W
    on Jul 29, 2012

    Huh-is that what happens when they need replaced? Ours have always leaked-maybe we have missed the signs that would have told us it needed replaced before it leaked.

  • Paul M
    on Jul 29, 2012

    The last water heater I replaced was 15 years old and was not giving us any trouble at all. I just knew it was getting to be about that time so I had it swapped out. The guy that did the work told me that it was full of sediment. So if you think your water heater is the problem why wait until you have some major issue, just replace it. Leaving a bit longer could be more costly than just getting rid of it and putting in a new one.

  • Jeanette S
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Paul, I plan to call my plummer this morning! What I think is 7-8 years is probably 15!

  • Tina Hohman
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I agree with Paul. Better to be safe than sorry! We waited too long to replace a water heater we knew was going down hill fast and last January we had to replace ALL of our laminate flooring and the drywall around the water heater because the water heater supply line failed and flooded the living room and kitchen! Don't wait until you have a problem! Best of luck to you Jeanette!

    why is hot water suddenly coming out too soon, plumbing, The Belfor crew assessing the damage it turned out to be much worse than it looked
  • Jeanette S
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Thanks Tina, we are lucky because our water heater is under the house in the crawl space...we live on a hill in Atlanta that would have been perfect for a basement, but unfortunately they did not put one in. But it is good that it provided a place to put the hot water heater.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Water damage is one of the leading "big ticket" repairs in a home. It is either a slow drip that leads to rotten sub floors and mold issues...to a catastrophic flood than can lead to near gut type restorations. Ah the joy of indoor plumbing...

  • Jeanette S
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Understand. But we have looked and looked and there are no leaks...very dry...and according to hubby, "dusty"! So heater is probably about to go out.

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