shower headThe cold winter temperatures are here to stay and it is officially that time of year that we take an extra shower (or two!) a day just to warm up. If you’ve noticed your shower isn’t getting as hot as it normally does or it’s taking longer than normal to warm up than it did in September, you might be wondering if you need to turn up the temperature on your water heater.

Reasons Your Shower is Taking Longer to Heat Up

There are several reasons why it’s taking your shower longer to warm up during the cold winter months. Running through these reasons before turning the temperature on your water heater up or replacing your system is crucial and will help you avoid spending extra money.

  • The colder air outside is making it longer for the water in your pipes to heat up.
  • Your water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan, making it less efficient.
  • Your old unit has sediment buildup.
  • Your water heater is surrounded by cold air, causing it take longer to heat up.
  • Your unit has worn out parts, causing it to run less efficiently.

The best way to avoid longer wait times for your water to warm up, make sure you’re receiving regular maintenance on your water heater system.

If you decide to increase the temperature on your water heater and it still isn’t getting as hot as it should be, call A+ Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today to schedule your maintenance and repair appointment.