Why is it Taking So Long For My Water To Heat?

You don’t want to wait for hot water in your home. There are several things you can do to remedy your hot water troubles if your shower takes too long to warm up or you have sluggish hot water throughout your house!


Distance: The greater the distance between your hot water heater and the faucet or shower where you want hot water to flow, the longer it will take.
A low volume restrictor: A low volume restrictor may be put on fixtures such as your shower, which might cause water supply to be delayed.
A failing water heater: Water heaters that are 10 years old or older are nearing the end of their useful life. This might indicate that they failed unexpectedly, or that they are just less efficient in heating water. A skilled plumber from SWR Plumbing can inspect and repair your water heater to decide if it is time to replace it.
Sediment accumulation: This occurs in your water heater when dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, settle on the bottom of the tank, just where the electric heating element or gas burner is located. The tank can’t create hot water as rapidly as it used to because a crusty coating of silt is obstructing heat transmission. SWR Plumbing’s water heater experts can flush your water heater and clear out the sediment to assist increase efficiency and performance.
An undersized water heater: Perhaps you built a water heater some years ago when your home only had two people. If your family has expanded since then, you may be expecting more from your water heater than it is capable of. Your difficulty might be solved by upgrading to a bigger unit.


Every storage water heater has a recovery period. This is the time it takes the tank to refill with hot water after it has been drained. The healing time might vary greatly based on the following factors:
⦁ Tank size: Larger tanks require more time to recover.
⦁ First Hour Rating: The higher the FHR, the shorter the time it takes for the water heater to recover.
⦁ Fuel type: Electric water heaters take almost twice as long to warm as gas units.
⦁ Temperature rise: It takes longer to reheat cold entering water than warm water.
Overall, it takes roughly an hour for an 80-gallon gas water heater to recover. The parameters discussed below affect whether the recovery time of your water heater is greater or less than this.
A Recirculation System for Hot Water
A hot water recirculation system might help you save water as you wait for it to heat up from the faucet. A system of recirculation:
⦁ Water is sent faster from the hot water heater to the chosen tap.
⦁ It returns used water to the heater and keeps hot water near to the faucets.
⦁ Is set off by a timer or a thermostat
⦁ The recirculation device may be coupled to your water heater or positioned near your faucet. To keep the hot water moving, the version linked to your water heater contains a pump and a timer.

Set up a tankless water heater

Another alternative for providing continuous on-demand hot water is a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters, which provide an unending supply of hot water, do not utilise tanks to hold or heat water. Instead, water is passed over a heating element and becomes instantaneously heated.
As a consequence, you have rapid access to hot water and lower heating expenses because the tank isn’t heating unneeded water.
In addition to whole-house tankless water heaters, point-of-use tankless water heater systems are available. These tiny devices, which may be housed in a sink cabinet or closet, handle hot water output for individual faucets. When a water heater is unable to service the entire home, they are a viable solution.
Given that water heaters may account for up to 25% of a home’s energy use, selecting an efficient system that can also satisfy your water heater requirements is critical. SWR Plumbing can assist you in determining the best water heater for your budget and hot water demands while giving the most long-term value!


SWR Plumbing’s professional staff offers a comprehensive variety of water heater services for both storage and tankless types fueled by natural gas or electricity. If you need a water heater tune-up or repair, our local plumbers can help. A water heater clean and other maintenance procedures will improve your water heater’s functionality for years to come. We can also assist you with upgrading your plumbing by installing a water recirculation system or a new tankless water heater.
To seek Melbourne water heater services, call SWR Plumbing at 1800 255 372 or contact us online.