Are you frustrated with the agonisingly slow process of heating up your hot water at home? Not only is it inconvenient shivering in your towel on these cold winter days but there’s also the wastage of precious water that’s a problem.
We outline a few common reasons your hot water delivery can be slow:
- Distance from the water heater: If your water heater is located far away from the tap or shower, it will take longer for hot water to travel through the pipes and reach its destination.
- Pipe insulation: Insufficient or inadequate pipe insulation can cause heat loss as hot water travels through the pipes. This results in a delay in receiving hot water at the tap or shower.
- Tank size and capacity: If you have a traditional storage tank water heater, the size and capacity of the tank can affect the time it takes to heat up the water. Smaller tanks or high hot water demand can deplete the hot water supply quickly, requiring the tank to refill and reheat the water again.
- Sediment buildup: Over time, sediment can accumulate in the tank of a storage tank water heater, reducing its efficiency and causing longer heating times.
- Water heater type: The type of water heater you have can impact how quickly hot water is produced. Traditional storage tank water heaters typically take longer to heat water compared to instantaneous water heaters.
Switching to an instantaneous water heater can potentially solve the problem of long heating times. These units heat water on-demand, eliminating the need for a storage tank. They provide hot water almost instantly as it flows through the unit. But before switching, it is important to keep a few key factors in mind.
Firstly, installation requirements should be considered, as these units often require specific electrical or gas connections and may need modifications to your plumbing system. Secondly, instantaneous water heaters have flow rate limitations, meaning that the maximum amount of hot water they can provide may decrease if multiple fixtures are being used simultaneously. Lastly, there are cost considerations to be taken into account. While instantaneous water heaters typically have higher upfront costs, they offer long-term energy savings due to their increased efficiency and elimination of standby heat loss.
It is important to weigh up all the factors when deciding if an instantaneous hot water heater is the right choice for your needs. Book online or give us a call to inspect your current set up. We will assess your specific situation, evaluate your hot water needs, and recommend the most suitable solution for your home.