By Phillip Schmidt, Networx

With so many fixtures and appliances relying on a healthy supply of hot water, running short on a regular basis is enough to put your daily household schedule (not to mention your comfort) in a real bind. Yet the solutions often are relatively simple. If your existing hot water heater used to meet your daily needs but now lags behind, it could be due to one a few common problems. In addition to checking these out, take a hard look at your hot water consumption-there may be a reason you're now using more than before.