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Why Does My Water Take So Long To Heat Up?

Like so many of us, we turn on the shower before we’re ready to step in. We know in advance that it seems to take forever for the water to heat up. We even feel a little guilty about all the water wasted.

I’ve even heard of people using a 5-gallon bucket in their shower to catch the water, so they don’t waste it. They use the water for their plants–––that’s a commitment. When you’re in a rush, you have no choice but to jump in.  The big question is, “Why does it take so long for my water to heat up?” The second question is, “Is there something I can do about it?”

Your Water Heater Is Old And Needs Replacing

Let’s start with the first reason. Your water heater is old and needs to be repaired or replaced. A water heater usually lasts 10 to 15 years, but much of that depends on the model, usage, and maintenance completed. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t even know that their water heater requires maintenance. More efficient models will certainly deliver hot water much faster. If it’s in the budget, you may also want to consider a tankless water heater also known as an on-demand water heater. On-demand may be a little misleading because any residual water still in the pipe needs to clear first, but it will deliver hot water very fast. Even the latest technologies in storage tank heaters are fantastic.

Sediments Build Up In Your Storage Tank Can Cause Poor Performance

Like I said before, most homeowners don’t know that your water heater needs maintenance. The unit sits somewhere in the corner of our garage and rarely gets any attention until something goes wrong. What happens is sediment builds up in our storage tank whenever the water is heated — the sediments are caused by hard water that contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium. If your water storage tank does not receive annual flushes, then the sediment negatively affects the overall performance and efficiency of your unit. As a side note, having a whole house water filtration system can eliminate minerals from your water and extend the life of your water heater.

Your Water Heater May Be Too Far From The Source

There may be an obvious reason, and that’s the fact that your shower is so far away from the water heater. Any existing water in the lines needs clearing before the hot water reaches your shower. Whatever the case may be, I think most families would agree that hot water is part of our quality of life. We would also agree that we don’t want to waste water waiting for our water to heat up. In most cases, it’s best to call your local plumbing contractor and have your water heater diagnosed. It’s worth a service call. Call Big B’s Plumbing today, one of our water heater experts will diagnose the problem. We’re an accredited A+ rated company with the Better Business Bureau with top-notch reviews on Facebook, Google, and Yelp.

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