Plumbing problems are common phenomena. We all face them in our day-to-day lives. It is not affordable to call a plumber every time we face a problem. With the help of little knowledge and necessary tools, we can fix them. Insufficient heat in a space and unpleasant odors are the common issues households face in winters.
There are several factors that can contribute to the problem of not having enough hot water. Let us discuss some of the possible reasons stopping your heating system to produce the desired level of heating.
First, upgradations of a tub to a bigger one will increase the demand for hot water that drops the water temperature. Second, high flow showerheads can empty hot water tank quickly. Third, Distance from a faucet to the water heater does matter. If hot water has to travel a longer distance to reach faucet, it will decrease the temperature of water.
There are also some external factors that can cause this problem. If the surrounding environment of your premise is extremely cold, it will take water heater longer time to heat up water. Consequently, it would feel like there is an insufficient volume of heated water in faucets.
Problematic equipment is a common reason why households do not get their desired level of hot water. If you have set the thermostat at low, it will prevent heater to heat up the larger quantity of water. Temperature somewhere between 120-140 Fahrenheit is considered to be normal. You should also look whether or not the size of your water heater tank is compatible with your hot water needs. If your house is too big for a small size water heater, consider replacing it with a larger one.
The manufacturers usually set the thermostat. However, you can change it according to your needs. You can replace the thermostat if it is faulty. If you think your water heater needs to be replaced, you can do it yourself. Here are some instructions to replace a water heater.
- Turn off the power and water supply before doing anything else. If it is a gas heater, shut off the gas supply.
- Empty the water tank by draining out water. You can open up the bottom valve to do it quickly.
- Disconnect water lines and power cables or gas connection attached with the water heater.
- Once you clear the older unit, replace it with the new one and connect water lines and power source. Make sure the process of connecting cables and pipes is reliably done. Check the gas connections properly for leaks.
You can always get assistance from a qualified plumber. If you do not have proper tools, you had better call a plumber to fix your plumbing issues.