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What is the Heating Time of a Water Heater?

Heating Time Comparison

GAS INSTANT
ELECTRIC INSTANT
ELECTRIC GEN 1
(40 lit)
DIGITAL GEN 6
(40 lit)
DIGITAL GEN 8
(40 lit)

All heaters can produce hot water fast

It’s worth noting that every type of heater, including storage heaters, is designed to provide hot water efficiently, often with minimal to no waiting time — especially when used on a daily basis.

Contrary to a common myth, waiting a long time for hot water from a storage tank is rare. The only instances are during the initial use or after an extended shutdown, such as a vacation lasting over three days. The good news? This wait is usually a one-time occurrence, and you won’t have to sit around waiting for your shower every time.

All heaters deliver instant hot water

Unlike instant heaters that offer a continuous supply of hot water, storage heaters have a limited hot water run time. As they are used, the hot water supply gradually turns cold, prompting users to adjust the mixer lever to the hot side for a consistent shower temperature. This indicates that the hot water in the tank is running low, and the storage heater requires time to ‘recharge.’

It’s important to note that the hot water run time is influenced by the tank size—larger tanks store more hot water, providing an extended supply for users.

Now, let's delve into 'Downtime'..

Downtime is essentially the time it takes for a heater to reheat. Instant heaters boast zero downtime, ensuring users never have to wait for hot water as it can be produced instantly.

On the other hand, storage heaters require time to replenish the hot water in their tanks, necessitating a waiting period before another shower.

It’s worth noting that newer storage heaters come equipped with fast heating technologies, effectively reducing the downtime for users. 

Remember to consider all factors!

Here’s an intriguing fact: While instant heaters can deliver a constant stream of hot water, they often come with lower water pressure. This might mean opting for a regular hand shower over that indulgent rain shower experience

In conclusion..

While the heating time of a water heater is a crucial factor in the decision-making process, it’s just one piece of the puzzle.

Considerations such as energy efficiency, space requirements, bathroom layout, and budget are equally vital. A well-rounded assessment of these factors ensures that your choice aligns not only with your need for prompt hot water but also with your broader preferences and constraints. 

Curious for a more in-depth comparison of instant and storage heaters?

Dive deeper into the subject by checking out this article: ‘Instant vs Storage Heater Comparison Guide.'”

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Amanda

Amanda is an education specialist at AOS Bath. She enjoys building a trusted network by sharing knowledge. Making difficult concepts simple and engaging is rewarding, on both ends.