It’s beautiful outside in the mornings! You pop open the windows, toss on a sweatshirt and some comfy sweat pants and enjoy this cool weather for a change…
…then you jump in the shower and remember how slow your water heats up, if it heats up at all.
It’s funny because here in Arizona we literally do not have ice cold water during the summer months. The pipes warm up when it’s 110-degrees outside and we think nothing of it when we’re taking showers or washing the dishes.
But, when the temps start to cool down and we want that steaming hot shower to warm us up before work, things can turn stressful when the hot water heater isn’t up to par.
Your hot water should be counted on no matter what the temperature outside.
Hot Water Troubleshooting
If your water heater just isn’t getting hot enough, or perhaps it’s taking too long to warm up the shower water, there might be an issue internally.
If you have an electric water heater, one of the elements may have burned out and the water either gets hot for only a short length of time, or it never gets hot at all.
The layout of the piping in your home could also have an impact on hot water. For example, if the pipes are old, not insulated correctly, or running the entire length of your home before reaching the shower, the water might be hot when it starts from the water heater but cool on the way to the shower head.
Tankless water heaters tend to warm up slower then traditional water heaters.
If you have a tankless water heater, then you are even worse off, since the whole water heater is like a long cold pipe. In order to get full temperature hot water out of the outlet it has to pass all the way through the heater from the inlet to the outlet. Instead of starting with hot water your starting with cold water and a cold heater, which takes time to heat. The owners of tankless water heaters need to add 10 or 15 seconds to the wait.
Calling a Plumber
There’s always the option of adjusting the water heater setting to account for cooler months and colder pipes. However, unless this is something you’ve done before, call a professional.
Having one of our professional plumbers out will ensure that it’s not just the water heater setting, but that your pipes are installed correctly and with the right materials, and that the water heater is functioning properly.
If you’re having trouble getting that water to warm up quick enough, or stay hot long enough, give us a call.