Originally Posted by 'Hamas' Jenkins
I obviously wasn't clear enough. I noticed it first in the shower, but it is systemic throughout the house. Kitchen faucets, tub spigots, shower heads all blast cold water, but hot water just seeps out, barely enough to initiate the shower head.
The tank was built at the same time as the house. I'm assuming that it's just a builder grade quality. I've never ****ed with this except to light a pilot, so I'm out of my element, but I can try a few of these suggestions on Tuesday.
It sounds like you need a new hot water heater. The sediment slowly fills up the bottom of the tank. Over time, you'll find less hot water available and the need to turn up the gas in order to properly heat the water.
A soft-water system can reduce the amount of minerals in your water line making the amount of sediment and build up much less over time. I've looked into a system but it's not feasible due to the placement of the hot water heater.
For what it's worth, I've been through two 60 gallon hot water heaters in less than 10 years. The water is that
bad out here.