When you are getting into the shower, does it seem like it takes forever to get any hot water? Are you watching gallons of water that you paid for flow down the drain? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. Many homeowners are frustrated by the time it takes to get hot water to a faucet or shower in their home. But the good news is that there are solutions to this problem. But first, you need to understand the possible reasons for that delay.
5 Reasons You Are Left To Wait For Hot Water
- Distance- If your water heater is on the other side of the house, it takes time for the hot water to travel through the pipes to get to you. Unless you are willing to add another water heater to your home or go tankless, you will need to make peace with waiting for hot water.
- A Low Volume Restrictor- If you have one of these water-saving devices on your faucet, it also slows down the hot water. Without removing the restrictor or going tankless, you will not be able to get hot water any faster.
- Sediment Build-Up- Over time, mineral sediment builds up in your water heater’s holding tank. And when that happens, the sediment acts as an insulator between the heating element and the water. The result is less efficient heating of your water. Regular water heater maintenance and flushing of the tank will help prevent this issue.
- Failing Water Heater- The truth might actually be that your old water heater is no longer doing a good job for you. The water is never getting really hot, so your shower really is cooler. Another sign of old age is that the recovery rate, or time to heat a fresh tank of water, is longer. So you could be waiting a long time for hot water to find you.
- An Undersized Water Heater- Growing families often find that their water heater is too small to meet their needs. The result is a unit that is constantly trying to heat a fresh tank of water. You will notice that you run out of hot water often, and it takes up to an hour to have really hot water again. Installing a larger traditional water heater or a tankless water heater to service part of your home would solve this issue.
We mentioned going tankless to solve several of these slow hot water issues. The beauty of a tankless water heater is that these small units can be placed throughout your home. They are about the size of a carry-on piece of luggage and can be installed in a cabinet or even right under the sink. That eliminates the need for water to wind around through hundreds of feet of piping before getting to your shower. And it helps reduce the workload of your existing water heater.
Instant And Unlimited
The claim to fame for tankless water heaters is that they heat the water as soon as you open a faucet or turn on the shower. The heating takes place in the pipes and not a holding tank. So as long as you have that faucet or shower running, you will have fresh hot water to enjoy. There is no longer a concern about running out of hot water due to the size of a holding tank.
To learn more about tankless water heaters and solutions to your hot water issues, call (706) 303-0987. The pros at Drain Surgeon will provide you with cost-effective solutions backed by a complete warranty.