My hot water heater is 13 years old. I have noticed that it takes awhile to get
hot water flowing in some of the bathrooms. I know they are usually rated to
last 10 years, my question is should I change it now and what hot water heaters
are the best out there. My current one holds 65 gallons. It is a one family
colonial with 3 baths. We are 4 people in the house. Thanks for any info
On 11/28/2004 9:50 AM US(ET), Rennyboy took fingers to keys, and typed
When hot water sits in a pipe, it begins to lose heat. The longer it
sits, the more heat loss, and the further the faucet is from the water
heater, the longer it takes to replace the cool water in the pipes. If
there is another faucet on the same pipe between your sink and the water
heater, and that hot faucet is used before yours, then you will only
have cool water between your faucet and the other faucet.
I have the same situation in my house. In the morning, after the hot
water had been sitting in the pipes all night, I use a sink that is on
the opposite side of the house from the water heater. I will get cold
water for a long while before the water starts to get hot. However, if
someone uses the hot water in the next bathroom just before I use the
sink, I will get hot water much sooner because the hot water has already
traveled to that bathroom and it only has to make the short distance
from that bathroom to mine.
That is not usually the result of the water heater.
Is it a recent thing? For most readers, the weather is getting colder
and often than means the pipes are colder and it may take longer to get hot
water as a result. It could be many things, but I doubt if it is the water
Leaks are the usual issue when a water heater dies. It may also start
making noises or it may start running out of hot water sooner. Those are
things generally related to the heater. Many things related to the heater
can mean it just needs a inexpensive repair. If you find you need an
expensive repair, then it may be a good time to replace it.
Is it an electric water heater? If so ..... Upper element??
If your problem is like willshak describes, and not just that the heater
isn't producing enough hot water, you can have a plumber install a loop in
the hot water line, which circulates the cool standing water in the pipes
back to the heater, maintaining continuous hot water in the lines
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