How to Get Hot Water Faster

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Does it seem like it takes forever for hot water to get to your faucet? If you’re tired of standing around waiting for hot water to arrive (and wasting cold water in the meantime), you’re not alone. Luckily, there’s a fairly simple solution to this common plumbing problem. Read on to learn why this issue occurs—and how you can get hot water faster.

Why Are Some Faucets Slow to Heat Up?

Some faucets are going to be slower to heat up than others simply because they are located farther away from your home’s water heater. So the hot water has a longer distance to travel. Plus, there may be a significant amount of cold water remaining in the pipe. Without some sort of water recirculating system in place, all of that cold water must be drained before the hot water can arrive.

What Can You Do to Get Hot Water Faster?

The best way to get hot water faster (and reduce water waste) is by having hot water circulating pump installed. The pump attaches to your water heater and quickly pushes hot water to the farthest faucet or plumbing fixture in your house. Any cold water sitting in the line is recycled back to the water heater through a separate pipe called a recirculation line. The pump shuts off once hot water starts to arrive at the heater, so excess energy is not wasted. A timer can also be used to make sure that the circulating system doesn’t keep running when you’re asleep, at work, or on vacation.

Check out our page on Hot Water Circulating Pump Installation to learn more about this device and how it works to speed up hot water delivery. For more tips on household water conservation, visit

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