If you are beginning to notice that your hot water is not hot enough, it is probably because your hot water heater has problems. There could be several reasons this is happening, and a plumber can help you diagnose the reason your hot water heater is not producing enough hot water. There are three main reasons this happens, and your problem is most likely caused by one of these things.

The Temperature Is Set Too Low

According to Energy.gov, setting a water heater to 120-degrees F. is usually sufficient, even though manufacturers recommend setting them at 140-degrees F. If yours is set lower than 120-degrees F., you may want to increase it to this temperature, or even a little higher.

If the temperature gauge is set at this temperature or higher, and you are having trouble getting enough hot water in your home, it could be due to a heat loss problem.

The Pipes Are Losing Heat

One big problem with hot water heaters is getting the hot water from the tank to the faucets. As hot water is needed, the water often has to travel far distances. During this time, the hot water can lose some of its heat through the pipes.

The solution for this is to insulate your pipes, if possible. While many of the pipes might be located in walls, there might also be some that are exposed. If you can insulate the exposed pipes, it could make a big difference in the temperature of your hot water from your faucets.

Your Hot Water Heater Isn't Big Enough

If your pipes are insulated and if your temperature is set right, the only other problem you could have is with the size of your system. Hot water heaters come in many sizes, and as your family grows, your need for hot water may increase.

As this need increases, your hot water heater may not be able to keep up. This would cause you to run out of hot water fast, and it may result in having hot water that is not as hot as it should be.

The only way to solve this is to replace your existing hot water heater with a new one that is bigger. New hot water heaters are generally more efficient than older ones, and this will be good news for your energy bills.

To learn more about this, you can contact a plumbing company, such as Smedley & Associates, Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, in your area. A plumber will diagnose the problem and be able to give you options for fixing it.