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Why does it take my hot water heater so long to heat the water after showers

it seems to take an hour b4 we can take another shower and have enough hot water to get clean enough. its a 50 gallon

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Check the temperature of the hot water heater. If the temperature is turned down, it will take longer to heat up. The temperature can be cold, if you are taking showers back to back. The hot water heater needs time, to get it's temperature up again.

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Maybe you water heater is too small?
40 gal is about standard. Is your water heater old? Most will last about 10-14 years befor you start having problems, heating element, dipstick , ect.

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Dipstick?
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Same as above you can also get a insulated blanket at the hardware store to help it retain the hot water. I realize this is probably not the answer to your question, but something to keep in mind for your next one because this one sounds like it's on it's way out.

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Electric hot water tanks have two thermostats and two heating elements. For domestic use I recommend setting both thermostats to 120 degrees (cooler if you have small children. Very elderly or handicapped at home). The top thermostat is a "flip-flop". The top element heats the top of the tank, then the therm flops to heat the bottom of the tank. 2 hours is reasonable to heat the top "half" of the tank. But if one shower uses up the hot water, then either the "flip-flop" isn't working or the bottom element is burned out.

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A gas hot water heater will recover faster than an electric one and be much cheaper to operate, too. If natural gas is not available where you live, look into getting propane.

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Clean sediment out of tank, and turn up thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-adjust-water-heater-temperature.html

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