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There aren't many things that make me mad, but when it comes to running a company, few things are more frustrating to me than lazy employees. A few months ago I started keeping closer tabs on my workers, and it became immediately clear that there were some team members that didn't care at all about things like productivity, saving money, and doing the right thing. I wanted to do something to correct the situation, so I started honing our processes, holding more team meetings, and perfecting the processes. This blog is all about streamlining your company and making things right.



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Water Heater Repair: Why Tank Size Matters

by Elmer Johnson

Hot water heaters help supply your home with hot water for laundry, dishes, and showers. A water heater that fails to deliver hot water on demand is a frustrating scenario. Older, less-energy efficient water heaters commonly fail. Sediment buildup and rust are other factors that can shorten the life of this necessary appliance. 

But did you know that your water heater can fail if it is too small for the demands of your home? Read on to learn more about why tank size matters in order to avoid a broken water heater that runs cold.

Reasons You May Own an Undersized Hot Water Heater

You may not know it, but your water heater may break down if it is not sized correctly for the demands of your home. Sometimes a careless builder places less-expensive appliances in a home to save money. Heaters with a smaller capacity are less expensive. Or, a previous homeowner unwittingly chose the wrong size.

If your family has steadily grown in size over the years, you probably make household changes to accommodate its growing needs. For example, you might purchase a larger vehicle. However, families do not realize their water heater needs an upgrade too. A smaller-capacity water heater cannot physically supply more hot water than it can fill, heat, and store.

Signs Your Hot Water Heater May Be Too Small

The gallon rating of your water heater does not refer to the tank capacity. Instead, this number refers to the volume of gallons of hot water a heater can deliver in one hour. If your tank delivers less than the amount your family needs for an hour of hot water, the tank is too small.

You may notice signs your water heater is too small for your home if you frequently run out of hot water, especially when other appliances like the washing machine and dishwasher run at the same time. Even a single long shower can be cut suddenly short because the hot water supply has run out.

Hot Water Heater Components Can Fail Prematurely

A water heater that is pressed into service continually in an attempt to keep up with demand can wear out sooner than normal. Consider the following heater components that are at risk of wearing out:

  • Lower heating element
  • Upper heating element
  • Thermostat
  • Gas pilot light

When one or more components wear out more quickly from overuse, your water heater can no longer deliver hot water. This reality is like a dash of cold water in the face. Water heaters never fail at a convenient time. Contact your local plumber to find out if your water heater is properly sized for the needs of your home.

Contact a local water heater repair service to learn more.