Gas Heater, Extended Recovery Time, Perceived Low Volume of Hot Water

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by budrn, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. budrn

    budrn New Member

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    Location:
    Amarilllo, TX
    I have a gas fired heater, approximately 8 years old. I am the only one in my household. Recently, the heater takes hours to replace the hot water I use. If I shower there is little really hot water to use in the kitchen and it may be 4-6 hours before I have any available again. It may be my imagination, but it seems a couple of times during extended showers, I ran out of hot water towards the end of the shower and had to keep adjusting the mix valve to less cold. I can't figure this out since it seems to be a volume related problem and not the ability to heat to acceptable temperature. Any ideas are appreciated.
  2. dj2

    dj2 Member

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    Location:
    California
    There are a few things you can try to improve the situation, but...
    IMHO, your water heater is shot. Replace it.

    Next time, flush the heater annually.
  3. budrn

    budrn New Member

    Messages:
    2
    Location:
    Amarilllo, TX
    Could you explain this more fully? Have I damaged it somehow by not flushing it? What happens? Most neighbors have gas heaters as well, and never in 50 years have I heard of one being flushed. I am ignorant in this department. Thanks.
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