When you wake up on a cold winter morning, you want to keep warm by running a hot shower. The problem is, you need to run the water for a while before it heats up. You don’t have time to wait when your water heater is slow to heat, and you want to fix that fast.

There are a few reasons it takes as long as it does for your water to heat up. One possible reason could be the distance. The further away your shower or sink is from the water heater, the longer it will take to travel and get there. Or perhaps you have an undersized water heater, and an increase in water usage means it will take a while to heat more water.

Older water heaters, particularly those that are older than 10 years, are nearing the end of their lifespan. They are less effective at heating water, and they may need to be repaired or replaced. It is also possible that there is a buildup of sediment on the bottom of the tank where the electric heating element or gas burner is. That sediment can block the heat transfer.

An average 80-gallon water heater can take roughly an hour to recover and heat more water. Other factors can affect this, such as the size of your water heater, its age, or the fuel required.

You have two options to consider if you need to get more hot water faster. The first choice is a hot water recirculation system. This can reduce the amount of water wasted while you wait for it to heat up. A recirculation system moves water more quickly for the hot water heater to the tap and then recirculates it back to the heater and keeps hot water close to the faucets.

Another option is switching to a tankless water heater. This can provide on-demand hot water continuously because they do not need a tank to contain or heat water. Instead, the water will pass over a heating element and instantly become hot. This leads to instant access to hot water, and a reduction of your heating costs.

Water heaters already use roughly 25 percent of your home’s energy use, and you don’t need that to go any higher by waiting for hot water. For more information on how your home can get hot water quicker and more efficiently, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers.