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Why Does My Water Take A Long Time To Heat Up?

Fixing inefficient hot water supplies can be a lot easier said than done, unless you hire our Master Plumbers!

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No one likes to wait a long time just to get hot water in their home, and a lot of households in Northern Utah waste a tremendous amount of water while simply waiting for their shower to warm up.

The good news is that our Master Plumbers are here to help you when you’re experiencing inefficient water supplies and low water pressure, and below we’ll be detailing some things you can do to fix these all-too-common plumbing issues!

Five Common Reasons Why You May Be Waiting For Your Hot Water To Kick In

Although there are many different reasons why you may need to wait on your hot water supply to kick in, the following are some of the most common culprits:


The farther away your water heater system physically is from your shower or faucet, the longer it’ll technically take for the water to get there and be warm.

Low Volume Restrictors

It’s possible that you knowingly or unknowingly have your fixtures set up with low volume restrictors, which is a common application for showers. This type of device can end up delaying your home’s water delivery.

Your Water Heater Is Failing

If your water heater is over 15 years old, then it’s inevitably coming close to the end of its service life. This means that your water heater will slowly but surely begin to fail, which typically results in less efficiency for long periods of time.

The good news is that the Beehive Plumbing experts can check out your water heater system and help you better know when a water heater replacement is necessary.

Your Water Heater Has Sediment Buildup

Sediment will often build up within your home’s water heater at the bottom of the tank, which is problematic due to the fact that this is exactly where your gas burner or electrical heating element is located.

When sediment disrupts a water heater’s heat transfer process, it can end up causing the entire system to be much less efficient. This then results in your water taking a lot longer to get warm than you’re probably used to.

Your Water Heater Is Undersized

It’s also a likely possibility that your family has grown with an older water heater, so your existing system simply isn’t powerful enough to match your household’s needs.

When a home needs more hot water than it can produce, it can lead to inefficiency and longer wait times for hot water to properly kick in.

What Are Some Ways To Get Hot Water Faster?

Although you can always look into water heater repairs and other diagnostic plumbing services from our seasoned team, there are two common ways to get hot water faster when it seems like your existing system needs to be replaced.

This includes installing a hot water recirculation system or a tankless water heater.

Hot Water Recirculation Systems

These systems do a great job at reducing the overall amount of water that a household wastes. It also will move your water supply more efficiently while it re-circulates used water back to the heating system.

A Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are a very common option in Northern Utah, partly because they provide continuous hot water on-demand. People love how tankless water heaters offer a seemingly endless amount of hot water, and that they only heat up water as you need it.

Contact Our Master Plumbers When You’re Experiencing Issues With Your Home’s Hot Water Supply!

Beehive Plumbing offers all sorts of water heater services, and we’ll be there for you when your home’s water supply isn’t working properly.

Contact us online or call us at 801-661-8155 to speak with our Master Plumbers today about what’s going on with your home’s hot water!

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