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Why Waiting for Hot Water Should Be a Thing of the Past

Serving Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, and more of AZ with professional plumbing services since 2001

Let’s face it, nobody enjoys stepping into a cold shower, especially not as the first event of a new day! Hot water is such a staple in American homes that nearly 99% of households with indoor plumbing have hot water heaters. The very idea of going without hot water seems, for most of us, to border on primitive. Despite this, many have had the experience of enduring tepid or chilly water while waiting for the hot water to kick in. In large, two-story homes, it can sometimes take as long as 5 minutes for hot water to travel from the heater to a distant bathroom. So, what can you do to get your hot water flowing faster?

Why Waiting For Hot Water Should Be A Thing Of The Past
Why Waiting For Hot Water Should Be A Thing Of The Past
Why Waiting For Hot Water Should Be A Thing Of The Past

Three Proven Methods to Speed Up Your Hot Water

If you’ve been enduring longer-than-desirable waits for hot water to reach your fixtures, there are various strategies you can employ to remedy the situation. Since delays in hot water delivery can be caused by multiple factors, you may need to try more than one approach for the best results.


Install a Hot Water Recirculation Pump: These pumps continuously cycle unused hot water back to your heater, reducing the time you have to wait for hot water. While this is an effective solution, it’s worth mentioning that such systems may increase your energy usage fractionally. 


Go Tankless: On-demand, or tankless water heaters, deliver hot water nearly instantly and can be especially effective when installed closer to your fixtures. Though installing it at the same location as your existing water heater might still cause some delay, the overall wait time is generally reduced. Most tankless units are compatible with a hot water recirculating pump, depending on the size of your home, we may recommend this as an addition to a tankless water heater. 


Insulate Your Pipes: One culprit behind delayed hot water delivery is heat loss as hot water travels through the pipes. Insulating your pipes can significantly reduce this loss, keeping your water two to four degrees warmer by the time it reaches you. This is not so much an issue in the Valley, with the exception of 3-4 months during the winter.

The Benefits of Improving Your Hot Water System

Investing in a tankless water heater or a recirculation pump can drastically improve your home’s hot water delivery rate. Gone will be the days of suffering through icy showers or washing your hands in cold water. If you’re thinking about making this upgrade, consult with our experts at Instant Plumbing and Rooter to find the solution that best fits your home’s needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will a hot water recirculation pump increase my energy bill?  

A: While a recirculation pump can save water by reducing wait time, it may increase your energy consumption a little. It’s important to weigh this against the benefit of faster hot water delivery.

Q: How quickly can a tankless water heater deliver hot water?  

A: Tankless water heaters are designed to provide hot water almost immediately. However, if installed in the same location as your current heater, there may still be a slight delay, although it will generally be less than with traditional systems.

Q: Can I install a recirculation pump in an older home?  

A: Yes, recirculation pumps can be installed in both new and older homes. However, the effectiveness may vary depending on your home’s existing plumbing configuration.

Q: How effective is pipe insulation in speeding up hot water delivery?  

A: Insulating your pipes can make a noticeable difference, maintaining your water’s temperature two to four degrees higher as it travels to your fixtures. This can both speed up hot water delivery and conserve energy.

Q: What is the most cost-effective way to improve hot water delivery?  

A: The most cost-effective method can vary depending on your home’s specific plumbing situation. Insulating pipes is generally less expensive but may not solve the problem entirely. Consulting with a plumbing professional can give you a tailored solution.

If you have any more questions or need further guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Instant Plumbing and Rooter. We’re here to ensure your home’s plumbing systems are operating at peak performance, day in and day out.

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Instant Plumbing and Rooter LLC is a family-owned and operated plumbing business in Phoenix, AZ. We’re a family of reliable professionals that use the latest techniques for dependable plumbing services. Since 2001, we have been taking care of our community’s plumbing needs promptly and professionally.

Through our work, we aim to change the perception of plumbers in our community. Our goal is to make homeowners like you more informed, as well as show others that being a plumber is not just about unclogging toilets.

A plumber brings hygiene, sanitation, and comfort to everyone, and that’s what we’re here to help you with.

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