It's happened to all of us: standing there in a decently warm, decently-short shower, covered in soap, just about ready to wash out the shampoo, when bam--the water goes from comfortable to freezing, and it feels like diving into the ocean. Running out of hot water is not fun, to say the least. Naturally, our first instinct is to fix the issue so that we can get back to our everyday lives (and back to washing that shampoo out!), but the truth is that, before we can solve the problem, we need to understand the problem. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done.
Water heaters are intricate, and they have a lot of working parts, connections, and requirements that might be the cause of that suddenly-cold shower.
The trouble with water heaters is that, while there is certainly a general method of operation for all of them, each unique unit works in a slightly different way. This means that you and your neighbor might be having the same water heater problem, but the solution would be a bit different for each of you. On top of that, there are a lot of small, vague, often-overlooked variables that make water heater care a unique challenge. Some issues are easy to diagnose. For example, are you using too much hot water? Is your water heater too small for your needs and the size of your home? Is the water heater on? If you can say no to all of these questions, then it's time to turn to the experts.
Advice from Experts
What do our Boise Water Heater experts have to say about that infamous lack of hot water? Here's a quick look!