Hot Water Heater Taking Too Long? Here’s What to Do

Posted by Gary Gray on Mar 01, 2019


One of the most common questions we hear is "Why does it take so long to get hot water at my tap or shower?" The answer is - it depends. Sometimes it's just a matter of the hot water having to travel through a lot of piping to get to its destination, other times it's a problem with the plumbing itself.

If your hot water heater is taking too long to do its job, here's what you should know and do.

How Does a Hot Water Heater Work?

Gas and electric tank water heaters fundamentally work the same way, though gas-fueled water heaters cost less to operate. Both tank heaters convert energy to heat and transfer that heat to the water inside.

The tank has an incoming cold water supply pipe and one or more outgoing hot water pipes, which feed the heated water to taps and appliances throughout your home. A thermostat detects the water's temperature and regulates fuel delivery to the burner. And a temperature pressure relief valve on or near the top of the tank automatically opens when the temperature or pressure inside exceeds safe levels.

Having other issues with your water heater like excessive noise or a weird smell? Learn about the causes here.

Is it Hot Yet? Reasons Your Hot Water Heater is Slow

In addition to travel distance, there are several common water heater problems that can make your hot water heater slow.

Solutions for a Slow Hot Water Heater

It's always worth having any problem checked out by your plumber first, but if your tank is old or is experiencing serious signs of trouble, the best solution is usually replacing it. There are a few options to choose from. You can:

Get Help for Your Slow Hot Water Heater Today

Waiting for your hot water heater to produce hot water is not only inconvenient, it can raise your utility bill. If your old equipment has reached the end of the line, today's new tanks are designed to deliver hot water on demand and offer incredible energy savings possibilities. Contact David Gray Plumbing Services today or call us at 904-204-4360 to learn more.

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