How to Increase Hot Water Availability in a Home

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Hot water is a luxury that many homeowners take for granted until something goes wrong and the hot water is no longer available. It feels good to fill the sink with hot, soapy water to wash the dishes, or to jump in a steamy shower after a long day at work. If you turn on the hot water faucet and don’t get as much hot water as you were hoping, then you might consider a few simple steps to improve the hot water availability in your home.

Follow these steps, and you will increase the amount of hot water that is available:

Step 1: Locate the Hot Water Control KnobIncrease Hot Water Availability

First, find your hot water heater, and then look for a round knob that shows temperature levels on the knob. If you are renting a home or apartment and you are having a hard time finding the water heater, then you might need to talk with your landlord to see if it is locked up.

Step 2: Turn Up the Knob

You might find that your water heater knob is set to “warm,” which means that the temperature of the water is limited. To increase the temperature of the water, simply turn the knob up so that the water will heat to a hotter temperature. When the temperature is set higher, you can use a combination of less hot water and some cold water at the same time, allowing you more control over the temperature of water that comes out of the faucet.

Be cautious about turning the temperature too high, especially if you have kids in the house. It can be dangerous if a child turns on the hot water faucet, because they could potentially burn themselves if the water heater is turned up too high.

Step 3: Consider a Tankless Water Heater

If you feel like you are always running out of hot water, then it might be a sign that it is time to replace your water heater. Consider installing a tankless water heater, which will allow you access to unlimited amounts of hot water throughout the day.

For more information about plumbing, heating, or air conditioning, contact Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning. We offer high quality service for your home or office: (951) 375-6856