- Depending on the size and type of the water heater, recovery times vary
- Another option to improve your hot water accessibility is to invest in a water recirculating pump
- There are many options when it comes to improving your water heater’s recovery time
Living in Salt Lake City or Park City, you know how important it is to have hot water and fast, especially in the dead of winter. It can be very frustrating if the water takes forever to heat up when you’re in the shower or trying to do the dishes. Having a hot water heater that has a slow recovery time wastes your time, wastes your water, and can lead to the unnecessary spreading of germs.
Water heater recovery time is how long it takes for the water tank to fully heat again after some hot water has been used. There are several things that can affect a water heater’s recovery time and several solutions to improve it.
Update Your Water Heater
Depending on the size and type of the water heater, recovery times vary. Typically, gas water heaters recover or reheat twice as fast as electric ones. It’s important to note that 50- and 80-gallon water heaters are the best at reheating in a timely fashion. Larger heaters are recommended for larger households and households with multiple bathrooms. If your water heater is too small or electric, you may consider replacing it for a more efficient and powerful water heater
Point-Of-Use Water Heater
If you don’t want to replace your entire water heater, consider installing a point-of-use water heater for your sink. This appliance fits under your kitchen sink and stores about four gallons of hot water at all times. When you use the sink, the heated water comes from this point-of-use water tank, not your main water heater.
Another option to improve your hot water accessibility is to invest in a water recirculating pump. This is a good option especially for older plumbing or long distances between your hot water heater and the faucets. The pump recirculates the hot water in the pipes back to the water heater while you’re waiting for the heated water. In this way, you waste less water.
Insulate Your Pipes
By insulating your pipes you reduce the loss of energy and heat through the pipes. This will help keep the heated water hot as it moves through the pipes and to the faucets. It is a more efficient heating process.
Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters may initially cost a lot to purchase and install, but they are up to 35 percent more energy efficient and will save you money long term. Additionally, they heat water much faster than traditional water heater tanks, take up less room, and last longer than regular water heaters. If you have a small home, definitely consider going tankless.
There are many options when it comes to improving your water heater’s recovery time. Don’t hesitate to speak with a professional. They can evaluate your home and determine what device or method will best serve your needs.