I have a large water heater in my home, yet we run out of hot water

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  • Jennifer Jennifer on Mar 29, 2018
    If the change was gradual then it's probably a sediment buildup. If it was sudden then maybe a bad element or broken dip tube. Some dip tubes are plastic and have shorter lifespans than others.

  • Missy Burch Missy Burch on Mar 29, 2018
    Large may not be large enough. It also may be too old, or have a leak.

  • What size? May not be large enough for your household. How old is it? May need to be replaced or have a leak. I have a 50 gallon hot water heater and can not run the dishwasher, washing machine and take a shower concurrently. Maybe too many things going on at one time?

  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 29, 2018
    Do you have teenage boys? 😬

  • Jacquie Jacquie on Mar 29, 2018
    The thermostat may need to be turned up

  • Fix It Jen Fix It Jen on Mar 29, 2018
    Turn up heat on the heater itself, and maybe have a plumber check where the settings are on each shower: there’s a mix valve behind the handle usually.

  • Fix It Jen Fix It Jen on Mar 29, 2018
    Oh, can also have a recirculating pump installed to get pipes hot before you shower. Handy when there’s a long distance between heater and shower.