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Why Does My Hot Water Take Long to Heat Up?

Why Does My Hot Water Take Long to Heat Up?

Sometimes, all you really want is a long, hot soak in the tub. When you finally find the time, the last thing you need is to waste gallons of water waiting for the water to heat up. You want to know “why does my hot water take long to heat up?” and you need an answer.

Top Culprits

There are several reasons why it seems like it takes forever to get hot water from your faucet or shower.

Let’s take a look at the most common reasons:

Pipe problems

The most common reason it takes so long for your hot water to heat up is that it has to travel so far. Your supply pipes are filled with cold water, and it runs the length of the pipe.

If this pipe runs to the water heater on the other side of your home, that means you have to let all the cold water run out first before the hot water makes it to the faucet.

Water savers

Many eco-conscious homeowners have purchased low-volume faucets that include restrictive valves to reduce the flow of water. These features make it feel like you’re getting a lot of water out of the faucet, but you’re actually saving water.

The problem with these is that it takes longer to flush out all that cold water before the hot water can get arrive.

Supply and demand

One of the most common reasons you’re not getting hot water fast enough is that your water heater is simply empty. If your household uses a lot of hot water for baths and laundry and dishes, it may just be used up.

If you have a standard 40-gallon water heater, it may take up to an hour or more to replenish the supply.

Failed water heater

If it seems your hot water never heats up, there may be a problem with your water heater. Most models store a supply of hot water, and it stays hot for many hours, even if there’s a problem with the heater. However, eventually, that water will get used up or cool off.

Gas-powered water heaters may have a clogged flame sensor. If you have an electric model, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.

Water heaters have a finite lifespan, and many fail due to sediment build-up, thermostat problems, or burnt-out heating elements. It may simply need replacement.

Faster Hot Water

To improve your hot water supply, it may be time to upgrade to a tankless water heater. These are point-of-use units installed where you need them.

You won’t have to wait for gallons of cold water to empty from the pipes before getting the hot water you need.

They produce hot water instantly, so you won’t have to wait for the water to heat up again after every load of laundry.

Make an appointment today with the team at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Port St. Lucie for water heater maintenance or to install your new tankless water heaters.