My water heater is on the patio, hot water takes forever to heat-fix?

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on cold days to get to bathroom. is there anything I can do

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  • Wrap it with a hot water heater blanket.

  • Dfm Dfm on Dec 27, 2017
    noodle the hot water pipes...that’s adding a foam sleeve over them. The foam sleeve looks like a grey pool noodle. It has a slit on one side to make it easier to get on the pipe.

  • Lamar Havard Lamar Havard on Dec 27, 2017
    Get a good water heater wrap and take a weekend and build a box for it. Then cover your pipes.

  • Gail Gail on Dec 28, 2017
    If water heater is electric & has 2 elements, one of them may have burned out. If that's the case, it will take a long time for water to heat. Even single element water heaters can have the element become so mineral coated from your water that it will not heat efficiently, yet it will still work, just not very well. Replacement elements are much less expense than replacing tank.

    Insulation of the water heater & it's water lines will certainly help it to work better, not to mention use less energy.

    Hope this might help.

  • Ele28730255 Ele28730255 on Dec 28, 2017
    Have a plumber install a recirculating pump that can be either temp. controlled or a switch you can turn on about 5 min. before you need hot water.

  • Bill Wills Bill Wills on Dec 30, 2017
    its out there for a reason, with that said,,if possible raise it up 5 inches on a piece of plywood,,insulate under it,,,wrap any exposed pipes, put a hot water insulating blanket around it, then build a insulated box around it..Leave a few small holes at the bottom / top so as air can circulate around it as well. any handy man/neighbor can do this

  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Jan 21, 2018
    Move it inside