On a chilly winter morning, the last thing you want to do is wait around for your shower to get hot. If you feel like your water is taking too long to heat up, there may be some things you can do to speed up the process. At Drain Genie Plumbing Services, we know water heaters, so read on to learn about why your water heater is so slow and what you could be doing about it.
1. Sediment Buildup
Sediment accumulates in your water heater when dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, settle on the bottom of the tank – precisely where the electric heating element or gas burner is located. With a crusty layer of sediment blocking heat transfer, the tank can’t produce hot water as quickly as it used to. To remedy this problem, call Drain Genie and one of our expert plumbers will flush out your water heater to clean out the sediment and restore the efficiency and performance of your water heater.
2. Wrong Size of Water Heater
Water heaters come in a variety of sizes to accommodate the water usage of all the people and appliances in your home. So, if your water heater was installed to accommodate two people and your family has since grown to five, you could be demanding more from your water heater than it is designed to handle. Upgrading to a larger unit could be the solution to your slow heating problem.
3. Failing Water Heater
Finally, if your water is taking a long time to heat up, it could be that your water heater is failing. Water heaters that are nearing 10 years old are likely approaching the end of their service life and will either fail, or just become less effective as time goes on. If your water heater is near the end of its life span, consider proactively replacing it with a newer, more energy-efficient model.
If you’re tired of waiting for your water to get hot, call the experts at Drain Genie. Whether your water heater needs flushed or replaced, we’ll solve the problem with a magic touch. Contact us in Orlando today at (407) 490-1230.