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Ways to Make Your Water Heater More Efficient

Flush your water heater

Our trusty water heaters are one of the many utilities that we use on a daily basis.  Despite its importance, we can often forget to give these facilities and maintenance.  We want to change that by providing expert information about water heaters and how to keep them running efficiently.  Rule number one for standard heaters is to remember that minerals like magnesium and calcium build up over time in your heater’s tank.  This sediment will eventually settle at the bottom of your tank and then harden, forming brittle layers can lead to damage. Generally, the more sediment the more your tank will build up pressure causing it to overheat and/or rupture.

Our technicians recommend draining the water from your heater once a year.  Removing this buildup helps your heater run more efficiently.  Additionally, this maintenance will help prevent all the problems a clogged water heater can cause.  You may also find that you’re saving money by avoiding expensive repair bills.  If you have the right tools, it should be fairly simple to drain and flush your tank by yourself. another alternative is to have a trained professional to do it as a water heater maintenance service.

fix all water leaks

We all know that water leaks are a nuisance.  Truth be told, unnoticed leaks are one of the most common plumbing problems that people face.  What’s worse, they can cause large damage to the overall integrity of your home or business.  Large damage aside, even a small faucet can waster over 1,500 gallons of water in a year (roughly adding more than $35 to your water bills.)

All this wasted water can affect your water heater.  The more hot water that leaks out of pipes, the more your water heater has to produce.  Essentially your unit has to run longer and thus, using more energy and increasing monthly utility bills.  “How do I locate these leaks, and how do I fix them?”  It should come as no surprise that leaks that affect your water heater usually start and are mostly located around the heater itself.  The temperature-pressure relief valve and the drain valve are the most susceptible to springing a leak.  We suggest taking the time to inspect your water heater once a month for any water collecting or pooling around the unit.

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Keep your water heater and pipes insulated

The longer the water has to travel to its destination the longer it will have time to cool in the pipes.  Heat leaks away from your pipes and also in your water tank.  When you lose heat in your pipes, the water tank will heat more water to compensate for the lack of hot water. the more you heat the longer and harder your water heater works.  You can alleviate extra strain by insulating your pipes and the tank itself.  Properly insulated plumbing materials will hold heat longer and can even raise water temperature 4-5 degrees on its own.  You can take your water heating needs one step further by installing a recirculating pump.  If you struggle to get adequate hot water we highly recommend consulting with local water heater plumber to learn more.

Lower your actual water temperature

Most people don’t realize that every water heater has its own built-in thermostat.  This thermostat tells the system how much it needs to heat the water in its tank.  The hotter your system heats the water, the longer it has to run, in turn using more power.  If your water gets hot quickly or seems extremely hot, you should check your water heater’s thermostat.  By turning down the degrees you can make things easier on your heater while saving money.  A good rule of thumb is to set your thermostat at about 120-125 degrees.  Just like your HVAC system, lowering your water heating temperature can help you save about 5% on your heating costs every year.  That number may sound small but in a years time, this could translate to a surprising amount of money.

As we mentioned above, it may be easy to forget about the performance of your water heater.  Especially when you do not think there’s anything wrong with it.  We invite you to take this simple advice to help keep your water heater at its best efficiency at all times.

If you need any help conducting any of these procedures please contact one our trusted plumbing and heating experts to get a consultation within 24 hours.

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