Hot showers are some of the most beautiful experiences we can find in our home, and depending on the day, in the whole world. Unfortunately, our hot water heaters aren’t magic devices that can create an endless supply of hot water. They take time to turn water far too cold to enjoy in a shower into the steamy goodness we all love. However, not all water heaters are the same, so it’s important to know how long you need to wait when their supply runs out. While they can vary in size, the most common size of water heater is 40 gallons, which is what we’ll be using here when talking about how fast they work. The bigger the heater, the longer they take to heat up the water.
The average gas heater takes between 30 and 40 minutes to fully heat up the water in its tank.
The average electric heater takes about twice as long as the average gas heater to fully heat up the water in its tank, so you can expect it to take between an hour and an hour and 20 minutes to heat up.
Because solar heaters are typically connected to an electric water heater, they should take a similar amount of time – between an hour and an hour and 20 minutes – to heat up. However, if they don’t have a backup energy source, a cloudy day could mean that you won’t be getting any hot water for quite some time.
Theoretically, a tankless water heater will provide your home with a limitless supply of hot water with next to no warmup time. This is relatively new technology, so it may not be perfect, but who doesn’t love the idea of never needing to wait for the shower to heat up again?
No matter what type of water heater you have installed in your home, it’s important to keep it in tip-top shape through constant maintenance and care. For all of your water heater needs, contact bluefrog Plumbing + Drain to schedule your free home plumbing evaluation. Find your closest bluefrog Plumbing + Drain location through our search page, or call us at 888-794-0341 to schedule your evaluation today.
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