You know the drill: Turn on the shower—and wait. Turn on the kitchen sink—and wait. So frustrating! Why on earth does the water take so long to heat up?
Besides trying your patience, waiting for hot water is also costing you money in water and energy costs. Here’s what could be happening and how the pros would fix it.
Why does it take so long for the water to get hot?
It’s a basic principle, really: When you turn on the hot water faucet, the water sitting in the pipes has to be pushed out by the new hot water coming from the water heater, says Mike Mushinski, president of Bluefrog Plumbing and Drain. Ideally, this process doesn’t take too long, but sometimes it hits a snag.
Here are some factors that determine how quickly (or not) hot water gets to your tap:
- Distance: This is how far the water must travel from the water heater to the faucet. “Hot water must travel from the source to each faucet once the hot water is turned…