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Why Don’t I Have Hot Water As Soon As I Turn On the Tap?

When you turn on the hot water from your tap, it can take a moment or even a couple of minutes to run hot. For most people, this isn’t a surprise, but it can be a bit of a hassle to wait for hot water. Let’s talk about why this happens and what you can do to change it.

Why Hot Water is Delayed

There are several reasons why it takes hot water longer to come out of the tap, the biggest being that water already in the pipes has to come out first. However, here’s a more comprehensive list of common causes:

  • Water in the pipes must come out first.
  • Volume restrictors, like showerheads and other fixtures, reduce water volume.
  • The further away from the water heater, the longer the hot water takes.
  • An old or malfunctioning water heater won’t heat water adequately.
  • Larger pipes make water travel slower.
  • Outside temperature affects the temperature of the water in your pipes.
  • Sediment buildup in the pipes reduces water flow.

Hot Water Instantaneously — Almost

If it’s about that time to get a new water heater and waiting on hot water is a big issue for you, you may want to consider a tankless water heater installation. While switching to a tankless hot water heater is a big investment on the front end, these water heaters last longer, are more efficient and supply you with virtually unlimited hot water. 

Most importantly, tankless water heaters make hot water only when you need it, so it only takes a few seconds to have hot water when you need it. Completely instantaneous hot water is impossible due to water in the pipes, but with tankless water heaters, you can get as close as possible to it.

Other tips to get hot water faster include:

  • Insulating your pipes
  • Getting fixtures with a higher flow rate
  • Save hot water with a hot water recirculation pump

No matter what your plumbing needs are, Lee’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing has you covered. We’re the go-to for Fresno plumbing installations and other plumbing services.

Contact Lee’s Air today to begin a service request, and get your hot water faster.

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