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Assessing and Addressing Slow Water Heating Concerns

slow water heating concernsMany of us have experienced one of the most frustrating winter plumbing concerns out there: You turn on the hot water faucet, whether from the sink or shower, and it takes what feels like forever to get any actual hot water. Water stays cold for up to a minute or two, wasting you valuable water and showcasing a prominent sign that something might be amiss with your water heater or delivery system.

When you come to the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, we can help if this has happened to you. Our HVAC professionals can assess your system and determine what the issue is, then offer cost-effective solutions. Let’s look at what some of these causes might be for slow hot water delivery, plus dive into whether our modern tankless water heater systems might be the right choice for your if you’re experiencing this issue.

Possible Explanations

  • Proximity: The primary cause of slow hot water delivery in many homes simply comes down to how far away certain water features are from the water heater. This is particularly concerning if pipes are old and may have buildups in them.
  • Water heater issues: Especially if your model is over 10 years old, it may be failing or becoming far less efficient. We can provide inspections that will help you determine whether repairs will suffice or you need a new heater altogether. In many cases, the issue is sediment that’s built up over years, causing the heater to take longer in between refills. We can flush the tank out and leave you with a virtually brand new heater, so long as it hasn’t degraded too far.
  • Low volume restrictor: Are these issues taking place in a home you’ve recently moved into? It’s possible the home has a low volume restrictor installed on certain fixtures, which will delay water delivery in some cases.

How a Tankless System Helps

If our assessment of your system reveals that you need a new water heater, we strongly recommend considering one of our tankless options. These whole-house heaters use a different kind of heating technology for your home – rather than keeping water in a pre-heated tank, tankless heaters heat “on-demand” using a high-efficiency heat exchanger.

What this means is, anytime you turn on a hot water tap or appliance in the home, the system kicks in. The heating element is powerful enough to heat water virtually instantly, which avoids the need for a tank to constantly keep many gallons of water hot. In turn, this can lower your energy bill and water bill alike – you use less energy to keep water hot, and also waste less water waiting for the heat to appear.

For more on issues with water heating and whether a tankless option is right for you, or to learn about any of our HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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