A working water heater in the home is vital if you want to take a refreshing shower every morning. If you start to realize that your refreshing shower is not nearly as hot as it used to be, then there is an obvious issue with the appliance. Keep reading to learn about how you can troubleshoot a water heater that is not as warm as it should be.

Investigate The Dip Tube

Your water heater works in a specific way to heat water and to make sure this heated water is pumped to the faucets in your home. A typical device will have something called a dip tube; his tube is a long piece of piping that attaches to the cold water supply. The dip tube helps to move the cold water to the bottom of the tank where the heating elements are located. Heated water then circulates to the top of the tank where it moves through a separate tube to feed the hot water system.

Sometimes the dip tube that supplies the cold water will break or crack. While water will still fill your tank, it will do so closer to the top of the device which means that cold water will mix with the warm water. The result is lukewarm water coming out of your faucets. 

Turn off the cold water supply to the water heater, remove the outer supply hose; this exposes the very top of the dip tube. Use a pair of needlenose pliers to grasp the end of the tube and pull it up and out of the tank. If it is broken or appears short, then replace it. Usually, the tube will be long enough that the very end sits one foot or less from the bottom of the water heater. Use this general measurement as a gauge to figure out if the dip tube is in good shape or not.

Consider Sediment

All sorts of debris and sediment can get inside the water heater. The water heater itself may release some rust or the cold water source may contain a bit of dirt. Also, if you have hard water, then the mineral content of the water will create a thick congestion on the water heater. The debris will accumulate around burners and it will also stop water from moving freely from the bottom of the tank to the top as it is heated. 

If you feel that sediment may be an issue, then you can flush your water heater. Make sure to turn the device off first before you do this and also wait for the hot water to cool down before you drain it. Typically, you want to see clear water coming out of the drain so flush until the water is no longer congested with any debris.  To learn more, contact a plumber near you.