Have you ever found yourself partway through a nice hot shower, at the end of a long day, only to have the hot water to run out. It’s so disappointing! You should be able to enjoy a nice long, hot shower. However, you’re not alone. Brisbane plumbers see people plagued by cold showers every day. But why? There are several reasons Brisbane plumbers see people stuck with cold showers. Here are some things you can look out for to avoid that dreaded cold shower feeling. 

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Reasons your hot water keeps running out

1 – Your water heater is getting old

One of the most common reasons a hot water system can’t keep up is its age. Do you remember when your hot water system was installed? Or did it come with the house? Either way, water heaters will be less effective at producing hot water the colder they get. If you’re not sure about the expected lifetime of your system, Brisbane plumbers will tell you to contact the manufacturer. Another tip Brisbane plumbers will give you, if you already know your water is getting old, check for any visual signs of wear. There may be leaking, visual wear, etc. Regardless, it is also good to contact one of Brisbane’s plumbers to advise you how to proceed. 

2 – Small Water Heater Tank

It may seem obvious, but the size of your water tank may be why your hot water keeps running out. Brisbane plumbers sometimes find that people underestimate the size of the water heater they need for their family. Or, your family may have grown in size since your first moved in. This is one of the first places you’ll want to check before calling Brisbane’s plumbers. 

A good rule of thumb is to start with at least a 90L tank and add 40L for every person in the house. This should help your household be cost-effective while meeting your needs. 

3 – Sediment is building up

Another common problem for water heaters is the build of sediment. Many people don’t know that the water running through your heater contains minerals. These minerals slowly build up in your water tank until there is limited space left for hot water. If this is the case, Brisbane plumbers recommend giving your tank a clean. It’s an easy task, but it is time-consuming. If you don’t feel up to it, contact some Brisbane plumbers and get them to do it for you.

4 – Dodgy thermostat

There are thermostats on your water heater to help you keep water at the perfect temperature, however, these can fail. Your shower may not be cold because you’ve run out of hot water, but rather the thermostat isn’t working. Brisbane plumbers will tell you there are several reasons a thermostat will fail, but the place to start remains the same: reset and test the thermostat. Brisbane plumbers will advise you to raise or lower the temperature to ensure the thermostat is work. If the temperature doesn’t change, contact an expert. 

5 – Piping Problems

Getting that perfect shower temperature is simple as adjusting the tap handles, but this isn’t without issue. Another common issue Brisbane plumbers see is breakages or faults in the pipes causes all sorts of problems. For example, hot and cold water getting accidentally combined in the pipes, which can make your water feel colder than it should. If you’ve determined it isn’t the water heater or thermostat, you may contact some of Brisbane’s plumbers to get your pipes checked.

Is your shower not feeling hot enough?

Now that you know where to look, are you experiencing any of these issues? If so, contact The Brisbane Plumbers today. You can rely on our experts at any time of the day, any day of the year. Whether it’s an everyday plumbing job or a plumbing emergency, we’ll be there. We can even help you with gas-related queries as well. Call The Brisbane Plumbers today on 0450 932 850.