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There’s nothing quite like a long, hot shower or bath, especially in the colder months. So, when your home’s hot water doesn’t feel hot enough, and you’re left with lukewarm showers, this can be quite frustrating. You may not realize how much you rely on hot water to do other things around your home too, like laundry and dishes. If you’re not getting enough hot water, you’re probably searching for a solution, and fast!

Here are a few things you can do to address your lukewarm water problems:

1. Check the water heater thermostat

Often the simplest solution is to turn up the temperature on the water heater. This is an easy adjustment and gives quick results. Some people turn down the temps in the summer to conserve energy, or you may have accidentally bumped down the thermostat. Either way, this is a good place to start.

2. Look for leaks

Poor water heating, and often higher water bills, can be the result of a leak in your system. Leaks can happen in the water heater itself or in the surrounding pipes. Take a look around for signs of leaking or standing water.

3. Understand your home’s demand

A common reason for not having enough water is simply too much demand and not enough supply. If you have many people living in your house, or you are trying to do too many things at once that use hot water (shower, laundry, dishwasher, etc.), this can deplete the supply quickly. Upgrade to a larger tank, or switch to a tankless water heater.

4. Clean out the sediment

In areas with hard water, water heaters can fill up with sediment. This consists of minerals in hard water that sink to the bottom of the tank. The sediment can build up, stick to heating elements, clog tubing, and cause other issues that can compromise your hot water supply. Draining and flushing the tank will solve this problem, and can be done by a local plumber.

If you aren’t getting the hot water you want, Powell’s Plumbing can help! Reach out with questions or to schedule your water heater service today!

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