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Why Is My Faucet Water Taking So Long to Heat?

We know how frustrating it can be to sit there and wait for what seems like hours waiting for hot water to come through your faucet. It isn’t until you’ve had enough of waiting that you finally decide to get to the bottom of it. Thankfully, our expert plumbing technicians at C&K Heating & Cooling are here to help every step of the way. We have come up with a variety of common and not-so-common factors for why your water could be taking so long to heat up. Keep reading below and give us a call today to schedule an appointment for a water heater inspection in the Metro East area.

Water is Already in Your Pipes

A reasonable explanation for why it may take longer for your faucet water to heat up could be that there is already water in your pipes. When you’re finished cleaning the dishes or taking a shower, turning the water off does not mean that whatever water you didn’t use travels back into your water heater. That water is currently sitting in your pipes, waiting to be used and only turning warm whenever the water directly from your heater makes its way through the pipes. Thankfully, this means that your water heater is in great working condition, however, there could be another issue with the location or age of your water heater that is contributing to the delay. For expert advice and inspection services, contact C&K Heating & Cooling in the Metro East.

A residential shower head producing cold water due to a water heater malfunction and in need of repair in the Metro East.

The Distance of Your Water Heater is Matters

Regardless of how new and modern your water heater is, the distance it is from the main water-using areas of the home is important. The further your water heater is from your bathrooms and kitchen, the longer it is going to take for your water to heat up. If your water heater is located in the basement and you are trying to get hot water for a shower on the second floor, you can expect to experience cold water running significantly longer than if it were on the first or second floor. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to speed up the process unless you are willing to relocate your water heater. For additional water heater solutions, contact C&K Heating & Cooling in the Metro East today.

Volume Restrictors

One reason your hot water is taking a while to heat up could be due to your shower head and not your water heater. A majority of modern showerheads come with a volume restrictor, which is a device that is built within your showerhead to reduce the amount of water coming through. This prevents your showerhead from producing excessive water flow and keeps your hot water from diminishing at a faster rate. If you notice your shower’s water taking a significant amount of time to heat, try removing the volume restrictor by carefully disassembling the shower head and see if there is a difference. If not, your water heater is likely the problem. For water heater services, give our technicians at C&K Heating & Cooling a call for your home in the Metro East.

A broken water heater in need of expert water heater repair services in the Metro East.

Malfunctioning Water Heater

If you have tried everything to figure out the source of your hot water issue, chances are there is something wrong with your water heater. Whether it is taking an excessive amount of time for hot water to reach your faucets or hot water is nonexistent, our technicians at C&K Heating & Cooling have years of experience inspecting, repairing, and installing water heaters for residential and commercial properties in the Metro East. We take into consideration the age, location, how well it was maintained, and frequent use of your system to determine the best route of repair. Trust our experts to get to the bottom of your malfunctioning water heater so that you can get your home back on track. Call us today at (618) 537-8888 to schedule your first water heater inspection.

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