What To Do if Your Water is Taking Too Long to Heat

Posted on: December 10, 2018

Baby it’s cold outside. But when you want hot water inside, you don’t want to wait. If your hot water takes a long time to flow from your tap, there are some things you can do to make it happen faster.

When you turn on your faucet or shower, the longer it takes to come to the temperature you want, the more water you waste. And wasting water is quite literally throwing money down the drain. The Department of Energy estimates that 800 to 1,600 kilowatt-hours per year are used to treat and pump the water that runs right down the drain waiting for it to reach a desired temperature.

There are several reasons why it takes long to get hot water:

  • Distance– The further away your hot water heater is from the faucet or shower where you want hot water to flow, the longer it will take to get there.
  • Low Volume Restrictor– You may have a low volume restrictor installed on fixtures like your shower which can cause delay on water delivery.
  • Failing Water Heater– Water heaters older than ten years can fail completely or become less effective at heating your water. A Len The Plumber expert can evaluate if your water heater is working properly, provide regular maintenance on your unit, or determine if it is time for a full water heater replacement.
  • Sediment Buildup in your Water Heater– Over time, sediment can build up in your water heater tank. The sediment consists of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium that settle at the bottom of the tank. The sediment build up will displace the amount of hot water in the tank making less available and take a longer time between refills. A Len The Plumber professional can flush your water heater, clean out the sediment, and maintain other parts of the heater that might have aged extending your water heater’s useful life.

How can I get hot water faster?

A hot water recirculation system 

A hot water recirculation system can reduce the amount of water wasted waiting for it to heat up from the tap. A recirculating system moves water more quickly from the hot water heater to the desired tap. It recirculates your used water back to the heater and keeps hot water close to the faucets. They are usually activated by a timer or by a thermostat. Systems that are in continuous use increase your energy consumption.

The recirculation system can be either mounted near your faucet or attached to your water heater. The version attached to your water heater includes a pump and a timer that is turned on to keep the hot water circulating.

A tankless water heater

A tankless water heater is another option to provide on-demand hot water continuously without having to wait for a traditional water heater storage tank to refill itself. The result is endless hot water and a reduction of heating costs because the tank isn’t heating unused water.

In addition to whole-house tankless water heaters, there are also point-of-use tankless water heater units. These smaller units address hot water output for individual faucets and can be installed in a sink cabinet or closet. These are a good option for a heater that doesn’t have the capacity for the entire home.

Find out here if a tankless water heater is right for your home.

Water heaters older than ten years can fail completely or become less effective at heating your water. A Len The Plumber expert can evaluate if your water heater is working properly, provide regular maintenance on your unit, or determine if it is time for a full water heater replacement.

Water heaters in many cases account for as much as 25 percent of your home’s energy use. Couple that energy cost and the amount of water wasted waiting for it to warm up and your hot shower is costing you a lot of cold hard cash!

Call Len The Plumber today and let our experts to evaluate how you can increase the performance of your hot water heater. We offer same day service and fast, reliable local plumbing service for homes throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

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