Hot water is a regular need for homes throughout Utah, and no one wants to wait extended periods of time to receive it. Have you recently begun noticing that it’s taking too long for your water heater to deliver hot water to various appliances in your home? There could be a few reasons for this.

At City Creek Plumbing, we’re happy to offer water heater services to all our Layton and nearby clients, plus numerous other plumbing and related solutions, including for issues where your hot water is taking too long to deliver hot water. What are some of the possible culprits here, how can you identify them on your own or with the help of our team, and how long will it take to return full functionality in this area? Here’s a basic primer in this two-part blog series.

Simple Distance

In some cases, the answer to where your hot water delays are coming from will be relatively simple and easy to correct. It could be that the water heater is located too far away from where you’re experiencing the delays. The further the distance, the longer it will take for hot water to travel to reach your appliances.

This can be especially true in large homes or if there are a lot of twists and turns in your home’s piping. If this is the case, you might want to consider relocating your water heater closer to where you need hot water most.

If you’re not experienced in plumbing and don’t feel comfortable making this change on your own, our professionals at City Creek Plumbing can help. We’ll be happy to come assess the situation and make recommendations accordingly.

Older or Failing Water Heater

In other situations, the delays in receiving hot water might have more to do with your water heater itself. Over time, water heaters will naturally become less efficient as they age and experience more wear and tear.

This can cause a number of problems that lead to longer wait times for hot water, including reduced capacity, less effective heating, and more. If you believe this might be the case with your water heater, it’s important to call in a professional for help as soon as possible.

Low Volume Restrictor

It’s possible that certain fixtures in your home, such as showerheads for instance, may have a low volume restrictor installed. These are devices that help to conserve water by limiting the flow rate.

While this is good for saving water, it can also lead to longer wait times for hot water because there’s less water flowing through and getting heated up. Fortunately, this is a relatively easy fix. All you have to do is remove the low volume restrictor and you should see an improvement.

For more on how to identify the likely culprit in a water heater that’s taking too long to deliver water, or to learn about any of our plumbing services in Layton or nearby areas, speak to the team at City Creek Plumbing today.