Why Does My Sink Water Take So Long To Heat Up?

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Why Does It Take So Long To Get Hot Water?

Let’s face it — nobody has ever said, “boy, I wish it took longer for hot water to start coming out of the faucet.” When you need hot water, chances are you wish it would be there right away. After all, you’re a busy person and you definitely don’t have time to sit and wait for the water to get warm. So, why is this happening in the first place? Find out, below!

Proximity To The Water Heater

Are you finding that it takes particularly long to get hot water in faucets that are furthest from the water heater? This is no coincidence. It takes longer for hot water to flow out from the water heater and make its way all the way through your plumbing system to those faucets located furthest away.

Stagnant Water In The Pipes

Water starts flowing out of the faucet as soon as you turn the handle, right? Well, this is because there’s already water sitting in your pipes and this water must be dispersed before new hot water from the tank reaches that fixture.

Even if you had the hot water running last, the water cools down as it sits in the pipes.

Problems With The Water Heater

This may come as no surprise, but if there are issues with your water heater, it could take even longer for water to heat up. They only last about 10-15 years, so if they’re approaching the end of their lifespan, they could be failing. If this is the case, it’s probably time to schedule an appointment to have your equipment checked or maybe even to get your water heater replaced.

Water Heater Installation & Repair in Virginia Beach

Trust the experts at American Mechanical. We install both tankless and traditional water heaters by brands like Rinnai and Navien.

The best way to make sure your plumbing equipment works as safely and efficiently as possible is to have it installed by a professional. We will provide you with a quote before we start work, so you’ll know exactly what you can expect to pay.