Slow water heater

We all want to have the perfect temperature shower. For most of us, that means a hot flow of water that leaves the bathroom mirrors steaming after the morning routine. However, sometimes the water takes a little too much time to heat up, or simply doesn’t heat up at all.

Is your water heater broken? Is something wrong with your pipes? The answer could be several things. So, here are some of the main reasons why your water heater may not be performing to your shower standards.

The Length of Your Pipes

The size of your pipes can actually have a significant impact on the effectiveness of your water heater. If your pipes are a long stretch between the receiving faucet and your water heater, it’s just going to take more time to get your shower to a comfortable temperature.

The width of your pipes also matters. In order for water to flow through, it has to fill up the diameter of your pipes. Therefore, if your pipes are even just a little too wide, they’re going to take some time to get adequate hot water to your faucet.

Water in Your Pipes

This may sound contradictory, but water in your pipes could be the issue linked to your water temperature problems. Remember, the water that is sitting in your pipes when you turn the hot water on is the first amount of water to hit your faucet. This is why you have to wait for your showers to even warm up.

This is a common issue. However, if you find that this is taking too long, or that the water never heats up at all, you may need a licensed plumber to come out and examine your water heater.


If you notice that your water just never manages to heat up or that you’re running out of hot water towards the end of the day, there could be a problem with your actual hot water heater. Remember, your water heaters won’t last forever. The average standard hot water heater only has a lifespan of around 12 years. So, if you know your unit is reaching its shelf life, it may be time to call in a professional and exchange your old product for a newer, more efficient, tankless water heater.

Sediment Buildup

Over time, the water that flows from your tank and into your home will build up sediment within your hot water heater. Without regular maintenance to your unit, eventually, it’s going to run out of space to hold enough hot water for your household. This results in poor water quality and irregular hot water delivery.

The Distance Between Your Hot Water Heater and the Faucet

The biggest reason why you have to wait so long for water to get hot is the distance between your water heater and the faucet you’re using. However, instead of having to resort to any drastic relocation measures, the team at Plumbing Dynamics can help you solve the problem with the installation of a recirculation pump. A recirculation pump is a device that pumps hot water through your pipes and back to the water heater. This recirculation process creates instant hot water when you need it and distance is no longer an issue.

Plumbing Dynamics Keeps Your Water at a Perfect Temperature

Even during the Coronavirus Pandemic, everyone deserves to have a shower at the right temperature. The team at Plumbing Dynamics is still open for business and can set up a socially safe house visit to meet your plumbing needs. If you’re having water heater troubles or are facing a plumbing emergency, remember, you can reach out to us because we are always here to help.