Everybody’s been there at one time or another. You turn on the hot water faucet and it’s like you’ve thrown the switch on a time machine -- you are stuck in what feels like an eternity as you anxiously wait for a little hint of warmth. More often than not, you tire of waiting and proceed with lukewarm water, which taunts you by hitting the desired temperature just as you are finishing up. Here’s why this may be happening and some ways you can snap out of this time warp.

Water in the pipes
The first element in delayed hot water is actually the water currently in the pipes. If you have a hot water tank, it keeps a reservoir of hot water ready and waiting. But before you can access this hot water, the system needs to flush the unheated water that has been sitting in the pipes.

Length of pipes
The length of your pipes between the water heater tank and the faucet you are using also plays a role in the amount of time needed to get hot water. The longer the pipes, the longer it will take for the hot water to travel to your location.

Size of pipes
The wider the pipes, the longer it will take for hot water to get to you. Wider pipes require greater volume per inch lengthwise of piping, thus slower delivery.

Type of pipes
The type of pipes used also affects hot water timing. Galvanized pipes are thicker than copper pipes. As a result there is more metal that can leech heat from the water traveling through.

Believe it or not, the weather can affect how quickly hot water travels to your faucet. On cold days, it takes longer for the water to heat the pipes and keep enough heat to feel warm to you.

Still have questions about hot water? We have answers. And, as always, if you have any other plumbing questions, call your Lexington Dauenhauer, any hour.