Why is my water heating taking so long to heat up

We all know the importance of having the perfect temperature in the shower. For some of us, that means a hot flow of water that leaves the bathroom mirrors steaming after the morning routine. However, sometimes the water takes a little too much time to heat up, or simply doesn’t heat up at all.

Is your water heater broken? Is something wrong with your pipes? The answer could be several things. So, here are some of the main reasons why your water heater may not be performing to your shower standards: 

The length of your pipes

The size of the pipes in your home can actually have a significant impact on how well your water heater performs. If your pipes are a long stretch from the faucet and your home’s water heater, it’s just going to take more time to get your shower to a comfortable temperature. The width of the pipes also matters. If your pipes are even just a little too wide, they’re going to take some time to get adequate hot water to your faucet.

Water in your pipes

Leftover water in the pipes could be the issue linked to your water temperature problems. The water that is sitting in your pipes when you turn the hot water on will be the first amount of water to come out of your faucet. This is why you have to wait for your showers to even warm up.


If you notice that your water just never manages to heat up or that you’re running out of hot water towards the end of the day, there could be a problem with your actual hot water heater. Remember, your water heaters won’t last forever. The average standard hot water heater only has a lifespan of around 12 years. So, if you know your unit is reaching its shelf life, it may be time to call in a professional and exchange your old product for a newer, more efficient, tankless water heater.

Sediment Buildup

Over time, the water that flows from your tank and into your home will build up sediment within your hot water heater. Without regular maintenance to your unit, eventually, it’s going to run out of space to hold enough hot water for your household. This results in poor water quality and irregular hot water delivery.

If you’re having water heater troubles or are facing a plumbing emergency, remember, you can reach out to us because we are always here to help.