Running Out of Hot Water? 3 Ways to Keep It Flowing a Little Longer!

At the end of a long and tiring day, there is nothing better than a hot shower…and nothing worse than having it turn cold on you!

Running Out of Hot Water?

Hot water woes are common in some households, especially ones with multiple family members. However, that need not be the case. Here are three ways to help ensure everyone will have hot water available when they need it.

1. Plan Your Hot Water Usage

The more people in your home, the more you have to think strategically when it comes to hot water usage. If multiple people shower within a short window of time, there is a good chance the hot water heater will not keep up with the demand. The problem of running out of hot water will only increase if your dishwasher and/or washing machine are also in use.

If everyone likes to take a shower first thing in the morning, make sure they are short ones. Also, try to run the dishwasher or washing machine in the evening or another time when the family’s hot water usage is low.

2. Have Your Water Heater Checked

Did you forget to have a certified technician give the water heater a yearly physical? No matter how well-made a unit is, some parts will eventually start to wear out. This may not cause complete failure, but can definitely compromise its efficiency and the amount of available hot water.

If you seem to be running out of hot water faster these days, your heating elements may be on their last legs. Is the water no longer as hot as it used to be? There could be an issue with your dip tube causing unheated and heated water to mix, thus lowering the temperature. Clogs resulting from mineral build-up can result in an uneven distribution of water and insufficient supply. Being proactive and having a knowledgeable professional check your unit annually can help reduce the likelihood of such issues.

3. Choose a New Water Heater

Everyone’s needs change over time and that can mean having to upgrade existing equipment to satisfy those new requirements. Your current water heater may have come to the end of its life or simply does not offer the capacity for your expanded household.

If you have an older unit, there are also models available now that use less energy and are much more efficient. There will be some cost upfront to replace a current water heater, but the eventual savings will more than cover it. In the meantime, you can also enjoy the benefits of a superior model that does a better job and won’t let you down.

Concerned your hot water heater is not doing its job? AtlasCare experts will be happy to examine your unit and make suggestions. We can also work with you to choose a new hot water heater with the capacity to meet your needs and not cost you a lot in energy bills. Call us today to learn more and take advantage of our rent-to-own water heater promotion, which offers some incredible savings!

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Rental Water Heaters: Challenging the Status Quo

Most HVAC appliances are now very efficient, and water heaters remain the last bastion of opportunity for energy improvement.

We are seeing high efficiency water tanks and even heat pump water heaters enter the market. I have one in my home. The big challenge in this area is rental programs: owners of big water heater rental portfolios have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo in your home. Upgrading to more energy efficient units isn’t going to happen in this environment – you need to own your own tank so you can control the cost of operating that appliance in your home and to ensure the most advanced product.