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Why Is My Water Taking So Long to Heat?

No one wants to wait around for a hot shower, especially when it feels like it’s taking forever to get to the temperature you want. If you’re feeling frustrated by waiting for your morning shower, waiting for your water to heat up to do the dishes, or if you’re ever worried about the water in your laundry not doing what it’s supposed to, it could be time to repair or replace your hot water heater.

shower head in bathroom

Hot water heater problems aren’t uncommon. Some of them can be easily fixed. However, if you’ve had your water heater for a long time, standard plumbing services might not always be the “quick” solution. In some cases, you may need to consider a new water heater installation.

So, what are the signs it might be time for water heater maintenance? When can you tell if it needs to be replaced?

What’s the Hold-Up?

First, it’s important to understand the different possible reasons as to why your hot water heater might be taking so long to heat up your water. There are several possibilities to consider, including:

  • Sediment buildup
  • Distance from the faucet
  • Age of water heater

Obviously, these are very different problems with very different solutions. In the case of sediment buildup, you may be able to get away with a water heater repair/cleaning that allows your heater to last many more years.

However, if you have an old heater than just seems to be failing no matter what, it could be time to replace it.

brown hot water faucet

Replacing a Hot Water Heater

Is replacing your hot water heater an investment? Yes—but it could end up saving you money in different ways. First, if your water heater always seems to be on the fritz, it’s not fair to you to have to call a plumber to your home all the time to fix it. That adds up quickly and may not be a permanent fix.

Older hot water heaters also don’t run as efficiently as newer models. Energy efficiency is extremely important when it comes to appliances nowadays. Thankfully, most hot water heaters manufactured today are far more energy-efficient than the ones built in the past. This will save you money on your utility bills right away.

You can also choose from different options when you’re considering a new hot water heater. For example, if you want your water to get hot as quickly as possible, a tankless water heater might be the best solution for your home.

At Christianson Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we pride ourselves on our years of experience and knowledge in the plumbing industry. Not only can we repair and maintain water heaters, but we can replace them for you. If you aren’t getting the hot water you need throughout your home, feel free to give us a call. One of our experts will be happy to come out and diagnose the problem. You and your family deserve the comfort of hot water, and we can make sure you’ll enjoy it for years to come!

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