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On average, how long do you typically wait for your shower water to reach the desired temperature? Many environmentalists squawk at the volume of water wasted each year that goes completely unused from water heaters. Depending on how long you must wait, you might be wondering if it is time to invest in a electric hot water heater. The good news is that you probably don’t have to replace your electric water heater! We even can help with tankless hot water heaters or gas hot water tanks.
There are a few other options you may weigh to help speed up the heating process of your water heater. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when considering how long it takes to receive hot water.
Why Is My Hot Water Tank Slow To Heat Up?
Distance from the Water Heater
Is your water heating slowly? Sometimes, you might find that the shower on one side of the house heats up much faster than a shower on the other. The distance from hot water heaters to the shower can make a big difference in how long it takes hot water to heat up. Ranch-style homes tend to experience this phenomenon the most because they do have longer pipelines that stretch across their sprawling floor plans. If this is the case, you could reconsider the piping configuration if it makes a big difference to you.
Low Flow Rate
Many homeowners have low flow rates on their showerheads to preserve hot water. While great for this purpose, it can take longer for you to get it from your water heater. A low flow rate shower head pushes the old and cold H20 through much more slowly, and until all of this water is expelled. Upgrading to a higher flow showerhead could be a simple solution for those who wish to receive their hot water faster, and could still be eco-friendly considering the waste that occurs during the wait period is now eliminated.
Is it snowing outside? Managing your hot water tank in Winnipeg means that you absolutely need to consider our extreme weather. The air that surrounds your pipes influences their temperature and alters the hot water sent via your electric hot water tank heater. During the colder months, this could mean that the pipes are cooling down the water before it ever reaches you. Insulating the pipes with closed-cell foam is a sound remedy to this particular issue, ensuring that your electric water heater can have hot water all winter long.
Fact: Water heaters collects sediment over time. This buildup is usually made up of minerals like calcium and magnesium that settle to the bottom of hot water tanks. Because this sediment is taking up space in the tank, it means that there is less room for warm water in water heaters. You will find that you receive less hot water gradually over time, and it may even take longer to heat the water after a while.
Sediment buildup in the bottom of hot water tanks is not the end of the world. It is possible to remove the sediment from hot water heaters, but it should be handled only by a professional. The good news is that removing sediment has several other perks for hot water tanks including a longer lifespan and fewer repair or replacement costs in the future.
Ask about our tankless water heaters and gas hot water heating solutions and services.