Sometimes we forget how much we rely on a steady supply of hot water. Cooking, cleaning, laundry and many other household tasks require a quality water heater to meet daily demands. Many models can keep up with consistent use, but if you are running out of hot water sooner than expected, it could be something to check out.

If you are running out of hot water faster than before, these are some of the most common culprits:

  1. Sediment buildup If enough dirt, grime and other sediment collects in your water heater, it can prevent an adequate supply of hot water.
  2. Leaks or clogs in water line – Sometimes there isn’t enough hot water because the supply of water itself has been interrupted. A clog or leak in your main water line restricts proper flow, resulting in less hot water.
  3. Inadequate tank size – Made any recent renovations or additions to your home? That can lead to hot water shortages. If you own a tank water heater, make sure its size is appropriate for your home.
  4. Thermostat problem – If your water heater’s thermostat is damaged or malfunctioning, it may have trouble generating the right amount of hot water for use. The thermostat is a good place to look when you first notice less hot water.
  5. Heating or electrical component failure – A lack of hot water isn’t just a supply issue. Sometimes the problem is with the heating element itself. If it or a similar electric part is not working correctly, the water won’t be heated correctly.