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What You Can Do if Your Water is Taking Too Long to Get Hot


We can run out of hot water or encounter problems with our water heating system at any time of the year. If it’s taking a long time for hot water to flow from your faucets, there are several things that you can do to speed this process up. However, below are a few things you should consider.
Why is your hot water taking a long time to flow? There are a few reasons why this problem may be occurring!

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Faulty Water Heater

Water heaters that are over a decade old or more can become less effective at heating your water or can fail. Here at Hutchinson, we can test your equipment to ensure that it is working efficiently and regularly maintain it. This helps us to identify when it’s an appropriate time to replace the system entirely.


If your water heater is quite a distance from your shower or faucet, it could take a while for the hot water to reach its desired destination.

Low Volume Restrictor

There could be a low volume restrictor installed on a plumbing fixture that is causing delays with your water delivery system.

Sediment Buildup in Your Water Heater

Sometimes sediment can build up inside a hot water tank over time. This sediment displaces levels of hot water in the tank, making it less available and causing longer times between refills. A plumbing professional can inspect your tank and remove this sediment while tuning up the other components in your tank to increase water flow and overall efficiency.

How can you help to improve hot water flow?

Install a Hot Water Recirculation System

Hot water recirculation systems move water from the water heater to the desired tap quickly and effectively. It then recirculates the used hot water back to the heater, keeping the water in close range to the faucets. These devices can be installed near your faucet or attached to your water heater.

Consider a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters can provide on-demand hot water without having to wait for a traditional storage tank to refill itself. This results in endless amounts of hot water and reduced heating costs as the tank doesn’t heat any unused water.

If you’re experiencing problems with your hot water flow, or your water is taking too long to heat up, contact Hutchinson today!