Hi, we have a gas hot water heater (50 gallon) that is nine years old. Recently, we have had a problem where we suddenly have hot water trickling out of all of our faucets. This has happened twice in the last three weeks. Cold water is fine (good pressure and amount).
We have had KeySpan (our local gas provider who we have a service plan with for hot water/heat) out both times this has happened and they claim the hot water heater is fine, that it must be sediment in our pipe. We've tried opening and closing the hot water valve and nothing is working. The last two times the hot water suddenly returned on its own after 15 hours or so.
Tonight we ran out of hot water for the third time! I'm so frustrated!! I need reliable hot water! One other thing -- we've noticed this happening twice after we ran a load of laundry. Any correlation? We also have hard water (we live on Long Island). Could it have corroded the hot water heater? Any suggestions appreciated! Thanks in advance!