Why does my water take so long to heat?

The most common reasons why it can take longer to get hot water from your home’s taps include:

Distance: The farther away your hot water heater is from your faucets or shower heads, the longer it will take to get there. A hot water recirculation system can reduce the amount of water wasted while you’re waiting for it to heat up from the tap. Call us today at (805) 963-3454 to find out if a hot water recirculation system is right for your home.

A low volume restrictor: You may have a low volume restrictor installed on fixtures like your shower. These water conservation devices can slow the delivery of water.

A failing water heater: Water heaters that are 10 years or older are at or approaching their end of life. That can mean it might fail suddenly, or they’re simply less effective at heating water. An expert plumber from Douglas E. Wilson Plumbing can check out and repair your water heater or determine if it’s time for a replacement.

Sediment buildup: Over time, sediment can build up in your hot water heater tank. This sediment consists of dissolved minerals, like calcium and magnesium. Sediment buildup can displace the amount of hot water in the tank, producing less and increasing the time between refills. A water heater pro from Douglas E. Wilson Plumbing can flush your water heater, remove the sediment, and check other parts to keep your water heater operating as efficiently as possible.