Why Does The Water Take So Long To Heat Up?

 

What to Do If Your Water Is Taking Too Long to Heat

 

You don't want to wait when you need hot water inside your house. There are some things you can do to remedy your hot water woes if your shower takes too long to warm up or you're living with sluggish hot water all over your house!

 

5 REASONS YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR HOT WATER FROM YOUR HOME’S TAPS

 

     1. Distance: The farther 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.

 

    2. A low volume restrictor: You may have a low volume restrictor installed on fixtures, like your shower, which can delay the delivery of water.

 

     3. A failing water heater: At or approaching the end of their service life, water heaters are about 10 years old. That can mean they're unexpectedly failing, or they're just less efficient at heating water.

 

    4. Sediment buildup: Sediment accumulates in your water heater as dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, settle on the tank bottom— precisely where the electric heating device or gas burner is mounted. With a crusty layer of heat transfer surrounding sediment, the tank can not generate hot water as easily as it used to.

 

     5. Undersized water heater: Perhaps you built a water heater a few years ago when there were only two people living in your house. If your family has expanded ever since you might be expecting more from your water heater than it is supposed to handle. The solution to your problem can be to upgrade to a larger unit.

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET HOT WATER BACK?

 

All water heaters for storage have a common recovery time. This is the amount of time it takes for the tank to provide hot water after it is drained again. Based on these factors the recovery time can vary greatly:

 

  • Tank size: Larger tanks take longer to recover.

  • First-hour rating (FHR): The higher the FHR, the less time it takes for the water heater to recover.

  • Fuel type: Electric water heaters take about twice as long to reheat as gas models.

  • Temperature rise: Cold incoming water takes longer to reheat than warm water.

 

All in all, it takes about an hour to recuperate a typical 80-gallon gas water heater. The factors outlined here decide if the recovery time for your water heater is longer or shorter than this.

 

HOW CAN I GET HOT WATER FASTER?

 

A Hot Water Recirculation System

 

A hot water recirculation system can reduce the amount of water wasted while you’re 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

  • Recirculates your used water back to the heater and keeps hot water close to the faucets

  • Is activated by a timer or a thermostat

 

You can either install the recirculation system near your faucet or add it to your water heater. To keep the hot water flowing, the version connected to your water heater requires a pump and a timer.

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