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Can Your Water Heater Keep Up?

Water heaters vary in storage capacity and in recovery time. In households that use a lot of hot water, recovery time is important. When you start to notice your water heater isn't recovering fast enough, it's time to do some troubleshooting.

Check Your Water Heater Recovery Time

It takes a lot of power and fuel to generate heat where there was none before. Heat pump water heaters get clever and use what's already available — the heat in the air around the tank — and transfer it into your water.

While heat pumps are energy savers, there's a trade-off when it comes to speed. Generally, they can't heat water as quickly as your average standard electric water heater, and though many have backup electric heating elements for a boost in times of high demand, that eliminates the energy savings.

How to check your water heater recovery time

  • If you've eliminated all other possible issues and are still running out of hot water, your hot water heater may not be up to the job.

  • For example, don't wash dishes and take a shower all within an hour. Spreading your hot water usage out over two or three hours will give your water heater time to catch up. Try this for a while and see if it helps.

If water heater recovery time doesn't seem to be the problem, consider what else might cause no hot water.

What to Do if Your Water Heater Recovery Time Isn't Fast Enough

If you're still not satisfied with your water heater recovery, then you might want to contact a technician to perform an assessment. They'll be able to tell you if it's time for a new water heater.

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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