Does Your Shower Take a Long Time to Heat Up? Here’s Why

A warm shower can be the highlight of your day, especially during the tenacious yeg winter, but if you find yourself waiting long periods of time for your shower to heat up, it could be cause for concern. 

Here are the most common reasons your shower is taking its time to heat up. 

The Distance and Size of Your Pipes

The further water has to travel from your water heater to your faucet, the longer it will take to heat up. If this water has to travel through pipes with an extra thick diameter, this could delay your hot shower even more! This is particularly prevalent in larger homes, where all the water that’s been cooling off in the pipes has to flow out before it can be replaced by hot water. 

Old Water Heater

The average life expectancy for a water heater is 10 years and if you start noticing a significant reduction in hot water, it could be time to replace it. When this happens, your water heater won’t be as effective at heating water anymore and runs the risk of suddenly failing and all you’ll be left with is a freezing shower!

If you think this may be the case, find out more about water heater repair and replacement. 

Water Heater Size

Your shower taking ages to warm up could also be the result of your water heater being too small for your household. Do you find that you have to wait longer after someone else showered? If your household has outgrown your water heater, it may be worthwhile to upgrade to a larger unit. 

Sediment Buildup

Water heaters can oftentimes experience sediment buildup as calcium and magnesium solidifies and settles at the bottom of the tank. This restricts the heat transfer between the burner and the water, resulting in fluctuating water temperatures and an increase in your energy bill. 

Every one of these issues can be resolved with the help of a professional plumber. If you’re tired of waiting for your shower to heat up, give us a call at 780-432-3947 today! 

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