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Does it take too long for your shower to heat up? Bonney has the solution.

A soothing hot shower first thing in the morning is one of life’s simple pleasures, but a shower that takes forever to heat up is one of life’s little annoyances. You might think you need a new water heater, but assuming your water heater is still in good shape, Bonney has another possible solution. Let’s take a second to explore the source of these water heating delays and the quick fix available to many homes.

Beyond the Inconvenience: Wasted Time, Money, and Clean Watershower-heating-up

The average home can waste as much as 12,000 gallons of water a year waiting for the hot water to get to their shower or bathroom fixture.

You turn on the shower and stand there waiting…and waiting…and waiting…while all the water goes down the drain, wasting water, time, and money. It’s not an effective way to conserve water and it also adds to your water bill each month. Imagine quarters circling your shower drain every morning.

Why Is The Hot Water Taking So Long?

Why does it take so long for hot water to come out of your shower and other faucets? There are several reasons; the distance from the water heater, the diameter of the piping, and the flow rate of the water.

The further the hot water has to flow, the longer it takes to heat up the shower faucet.  This is especially true with a larger home.

Pipe Impacts on Hot Water

Another reason for a delay in hot water is the water that is currently in the pipes. When you’re waiting for the hot water, all the cooled off water sitting in the pipes has to flow out before the hot water reaches the shower or faucet.

The size of the pipes also plays a role. The wider the pipes, the longer it takes for hot water to get to your shower faucet. Wider pipes require more water per inch, which slows delivery.

The flow rate of the faucet or showerhead also affects the wait for hot water because it affects how quickly the cooled water sitting in the pipes is emptied, this is especially true with water-conserving bathroom faucets and showerheads.

If your shower water is not heating up, don’t ignore it. It doesn’t have to be that way. Bonney Plumbing, Heating, and Air has the solution.

Recirculation Pumps: The Easy Solution to Hot Water Delays

The answer to this problem could be a hot water recirculation pump.


There are two types available, a complete hot water recirculation system and a retrofit system. The complete recirculation system has a dedicated hot water line that runs from your furthest fixture back to your water heater creating a loop. This is the most energy-efficient.

The retrofit system has a pump connected to the hot water outlet side of the water heater and a crossover valve installed at the furthest fixture. This allows hot water to be pumped into the cold water system which is called stacking.  It’s not as efficient as the recirculation system, but it’s less expensive and gives you similar results.

Bonney Plumbing Solutions in the Sacramento Area

You don’t have to wait for an invigorating shower every morning. Enjoy quick hot water with a hot water recirculation pump.  Conserve water, money, and time by giving the pros at Bonney a call at 800-444-0551. You can also find great service at other companies within the Bonney family, including Boyd Plumbing. We’re on it!