There’s very little that can ruin your day faster than a blast of freezing cold water in the middle of your morning shower, and if there was some kind of “Hot Water Guaranteed” button we could push before turning on the tap we’d all press it twice – just to make sure.But, there is no magical button. Most of us are left with only our street smarts and our understanding of indoor plumbing
to avoid an icy surprise in the morning. So, what can you do?1. Get there first.
The early bird gets the hot water every time, unless there was never any hot water to get. Whether that’s true depends on the kind of water heating system you have in your home or building, which we’ll address in a minute.But first, another non-technical strategy …2. Shower in the evening.
This can be a game-changer for people who are able to adopt the habit. Scientists more or less agree that Americans shower too much anyway
, so when
you do it is more a matter personal choice rather than necessity.It just so happens that a lot of people like to shower
in the morning, so if you can avoid being one of them it will work in your favor.3. Adjust the water heater temperature.
If you’re not getting enough hot water it may be that the water simply isn’t hot enough, in which case you can adjust the temperature on your water heater. This is easy to do, but should be approached with caution because making it too hot can be dangerous.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends a setting of 120ºF
, so first look to see if your water heater meets that temperature by checking the dial on the water tank. If it’s lower move it on up, but be cautious about moving it beyond that temp.4. Adjust the shower handle’s Rotational Stop Limit (RLS).
This is tricky, but you can force any handle with a shower valve
cartridge to more fully open the hot-water valve – kind of like adding an extra gear to your car.To do it, you should check to see what kind of shower handle you have and look up the specs on the Internet. If it contains a shower valve cartridge, there will be directions on how to remove the handle and adjust the RLS.5. Install a bigger water heater.
This is obviously a more dramatic answer to a simple problem, but if you’re due for a new water heater, anyway, you may want to invest in one that holds more water so you don’t have to worry about running out.Give these shower fixes a try, and if you need a little assistance with the more technical stuff, find a local plumber using Porch.com