Possible Culprits in Slow Hot Water Arrival

Possible Culprits in Slow Hot Water Arrival

No homeowner or resident wants to deal with a situation where it takes them forever to get hot water from any water source in their home, whether it's to the shower, faucet or any other location. This is sometimes due to issues with your water heater itself, but there are also a few other concerns that might be the culprit here.

At Neighborly Plumbing & Services, we're happy to help with a variety of water heater maintenance and upkeep services, including assistance for clients who can't figure out why their hot water is taking so long to arrive -- if it ever arrives at all. What are some of the reasons this might be happening in your home, and what can be done about any of these issues? Here's a basic primer.

Simple Distance from Water Heater

In some cases, hot water that takes a long time to arrive is due to the simple distance between your hot water heater and the actual point where you want the hot water. For example, if you want to get hot water from your shower but it takes several minutes before this happens, the problem might be that there are too many obstacles between you and the hot water heater itself.

Failing Water Heater

In other cases, however, it's an actual problem with the water heater itself, and there is a simple remedy. When your water heater fails, it no longer produces hot water at any of its taps or fixtures. This can be due to any number of issues with the water heater that cause it to work more poorly than before, such as a gas supply issue or electrical failure -- or due to simple aging, as most water heaters over 10 years old are reaching the end of their typical lifespan.

Sediment Buildup

One particular issue that impacts some tank water heaters is the buildup of sediment inside the tank itself. While many water heaters have a drain valve at the bottom that's used to drain this sediment, sometimes sediment can still accumulate and cause problems with your water heating abilities.

The best way to remedy this is to either do periodic draining of the tank or call in for professional maintenance services from your local plumber. Our team of plumbers will easily remove sediment from your tank and return it to efficient operations.

Water Heater That's Too Small

Finally, an undersized water heater might be the source of your delays. Whether you've added too many fixtures or appliances that need hot water over time, or you just can't get your water heater to keep up with the demand for hot water in your home, it might be time for a larger unit.

For more on the possible reasons why it's taking so long to get hot water to various fixtures, or to learn about any of our drain cleaning, sewer line repair or other plumbing solutions, speak to the staff at Neighborly Plumbing & Services today.

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