There is nothing worse than waiting for your water to heat up when you shower. Most people experience their shower taking forever to heat an issue, especially in the year’s colder months.
It can be a frustrating start to your day, and whilst you may think it is just how your plumbing is, there are reasons behind your colder than usual showers.
We can look into why this problem occurs and what you can do to get the hot water supply working faster for you.
Why does it take a long time for water to heat up?
There are four main reasons why your hot water takes so long to get working.
- Water pipes are too wide
- Hot water heater is a long way from your bathroom
- Pipes pulling heat from the water
- Showerhead pressure is too low
Water pipes are too wide.
The size and diameter of your pipes will affect the water flow and impact the for water to get to your shower. Wider pipes have more space for the hot water to flow through.
Making the travel time to your fixtures take longer. A general rule of thumb is that water moves faster with a pipe with a small diameter.
Check the size of your pipes under your sink to determine the diameter. Residential pipes are typically sized between 1/4 to 2 inches. You can use the string method to measure the diameter.
The hot water heater is a long way from your bathroom.
The farther away your water heater is to your bathroom, the longer it takes for the heated water to get your fixtures. With only one tank in your property delivering hot water in your home, you may struggle to receive efficient heat, particularly if you have a larger property.
Water heaters on the opposite end of the washroom tend to take longer to deliver hot water.
And with the piping that is installed, they are rarely connected in a straight line. The flow rate will decrease from the position of the water pipes and how they are laid out for
The closer your bathroom is to the heater, the quicker hot water will be delivered.
Pipes pulling heat from the water
When your pipes leading to your shower are not being used, they become cooler. The colder the pipes, the more heat they absorb from the water as it passes through them.
If you have copper pipes, more heat is retained than PVC piping. The material that your water pipes are made of and the area’s temperature can affect the time it takes for your shower to get hot.
Showerhead pressure is too low.
You can check your shower head for the measure of gallons per minute (GPM). This refers to the flow rate of water going through your shower head. If the flow rate is low, the longer it takes for cold water left behind from your last shower to be pushed out.
Coldwater can stay stagnant in your pipes after a shower has been used.
Most standard shower heads have 2.5 GPM as the mandated flow rate. That’s 25 gallons for your average 10-minute shower. This has been in effect since 1992.
How can I get my shower to heat up faster?
You understand the cause of a cold shower and know we can suggest solving this problem. Here are some solutions to the main contributors that take a long time to heat up.
High flow showerhead
You can ask your licensed plumbing professional to suggest a high flow showerhead. This upgrade will increase the water flow and cut down the time it takes for the hot water to reach the fixtures. You may rick increasing your water and heating bills, so keep that in mind.
Insulation of your shower supply lines
Insulating your pipes can protect them from the cold air in the atmosphere. Particularly long pipes that are located in your exterior wall. Keep your pipes warm, and they won’t take in so much heat from the travelling water.
Install a demand hot water recirculating system
A recirculation system connects to your water plumbing and ensures a constant flow of hot water through your pipes and fixtures.
A recirculating system reroutes the cold water that’s been sitting in your pipes. The recirculation pumps take the’ run off’ water back to your water heater, so you turn your hot water tap on, and you don’t get the leftover cold water sitting there from the last shower.
Calling a licensed plumbing team is best to find the cause and solve the frustrating problem of a slow heating shower. Your local and trusted plumber will have the experience and the equipment to keep your water temperature just as you like it.
Fixed Today can diagnose your shower issue and give your permanent solutions for your shower problem.