If you own a large home and it seems to take forever and a day for your shower water to get hot enough to step under without shivering, you should consider upgrading your home's water heater system. Not only will you save time, but you can also save money on water.
If your shower takes forever to get hot, here are a few ways you can upgrade your water heater and plumbing fixtures so you can take hot showers whenever you want.
The Water Heater Isn't the Correct Size
Your water heater may not be the correct size for your household's needs. Consider how many people live in your home and how often they take showers or baths. Also, do your clothes washer and your dishwasher heat water in the appliances or use water from the water heater? These types of questions will help your plumber determine whether or not your water heater is the appropriate size.
If your water heater isn't sized appropriately, upgrade to a larger water heater. Be sure to wrap insulation around the hot water pipes, which should be done as part of the installation process. Alternatively, install a second water heater closer to your fixtures that take too long to get hot, such as a point of use or on-demand water heater.
The Shower Is Too Far Away from the Water Heater
Another reason your shower water can take a while to get hot is that it's too far away from the water heater. If this is the case, you're likely tossing money down the drain and increasing your water bill while you wait for the water to heat up enough. Fortunately, there are several ways to remedy this problem. You can install a recirculating water heater system or an on-demand circulation system.
A recirculating water heater system constantly pipes hot water through your home so it's ready at a moment's notice instead of having to wait for the hot water to travel from the heater to the fixture when you turn the faucet on. With an on-demand system, the water stays in the heater and gets released to the fixture when you push a button. When you're ready to take your shower, the hot water is released from the fixture as soon as you open the faucet. Granted, you're still waiting for the hot water, but you won't be wasting water while waiting for the hot water.
For more info, contact local water heater contractors.