It’s not a good idea to wait for hot water when you really need it. You don’t want to wait for your hot water to heat up in your shower or throughout your house. There are ways to get hot water flowing again quickly.


  1. Distance. The further away your hot-water heater is from where you want hot water to flow, then the longer it takes to get there.
  2. A low-volume restrictor: Your shower may have a low-volume restrictor that delays water delivery.
  3. A failing water heater: About 10 year old water heaters are nearing the end of their useful life. This could mean that they are less effective at heating the water or they may fail abruptly. Our Glendale, CA Plumbers will inspect your water heater, repair it, and recommend water heater replacement.
  4. Sediment accumulation: When dissolved minerals such as calcium or magnesium settle on the bottom, it can cause a buildup of sediment in the water heater. This happens exactly where the electric heating element and gas burner are located. A crusty layer of sediment obstructs heat transfer and makes it impossible for the tank to produce hot drinking water as fast as before. Our Glendale, CA Plumbers can help flush out your water heater to remove sediment and improve its efficiency.
  5. A smaller water heater: You may have installed a water heater many years ago, when just two people lived in the house. You could be asking for more from your water heater if your family has grown. Upgrade to a larger unit may be the answer to your problem.


Storage water heaters all have a certain recovery time. This is the time taken by the tank to supply hot water again after the tank has run dry. These factors will affect the recovery time.

  • Tank Size: Larger tanks are more difficult to recover.
  • First hour rating The quicker the water heater recovers, the higher the FHR.
  • Fuel type Electric water heating heaters take approximately twice as long to heat than gas models.
  • Temperature increase:Cold incoming water takes longer for reheating than warm.

On average, a 80-gallon gas water heater takes around an hour to recuperate.


Hot Water Recirculation System

A hot water recirculation device can reduce water wastage while water is heating up at the tap. A recirculating system is:

  • It moves water faster from the hot-water heater to the tap
  • Your used water is recirculated back to your heater. Hot water is kept close to the faucets.
  • A timer or thermostat activates the thermostat.

The recirculation device can be attached to your water heater or mounted next to your faucet. A pump and timer are included in the version that is attached to your water heater to ensure hot water circulates.

Install a Tankless Heater

A tankless hot water heater can also be used to supply hot water on-demand. Tankless water heaters offer unlimited hot water and don’t need to heat or store water in tanks. Instead, water flows over a heating element to immediately become hot.

You get hot water immediately and no heating is required.

Point-of-use tankless water heaters are available in addition to whole-house tankless heaters. These smaller units provide hot water output for individual faucets. They can be installed in a cabinet or closet. These units can be used when a water heater does not have enough capacity to provide hot water for the entire house.

Water heaters can consume as much as 25% in a home’s energy usage. It is important to select an efficient system that can also provide your water heater needs.