How do I get hotter water sooner?
January 13, 2007 2:59 PM Subscribe
Cure for the takes-too-long-for-our-water-to-heat-up blues?
posted by mosk to home & garden (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We have a 40+ year old house in the usually temperate SF Bay Area. It takes about five minutes for the water in the shower, bath, or any of the sinks to begin to get warm, and then a few minutes more to actually get hot. What can I do about this? I hate wasting water waiting for things to heat up, but I hate cold showers even more.
The house is a split level, with almost all of the house above the garage. Our 10-15 year old gas hot water heater is located in the garage -- probably a 30' run of pipe from water heater to our shower. The water pipes are copper, uninsulated, and accessible. Water pressure is fine. Will the simple foam pipe sleeves that are sold at Home Depot make a noticeable difference? Would a better/different water heater make a difference? Once the warm water arrives, there's plenty of it. Thanks!