Water Heater Maintenance
Install a Pump
Does your hot water move like molasses when traveling to the other side of your house? Try having a recirculating pump installed. It’s a simple appointment to schedule, saves water and is honestly the best money spent as well as the best thing we have done to our home. Hot shower in seconds; it use to take 5 minutes!
Your water heater works harder during winter months. Flush it out and remove sediment buildup, which causes corrosion, shortens life span and reduces heating efficiency. Drain several gallons from the faucet near the bottom of the tank. Connect a hose to the faucet and direct water into a nearby drain. Check your water heater manufacturer’s website for specific instructions concerning your make and model.
Make sure your water heater either has an anti flood device on it and/or a drip pan. Especially if it is located IN your home. This is will help limit the damage to the surrounding area by shutting the water off. The pan will assist in diverting the water to the proper location. If your water heater doesn’t have either of these; in most instances they can be added to your existing water heater.
Turn it Down
One of the best tips for saving money and energy during the summer is to turn down the temperature of your water heater. It doesn’t take as much energy to heat the water during the summer, especially in Texas!
F for Safety
Set your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees F for safety and efficiency. If you have children at home or visiting, higher temperatures can cause burns just by washing hands.Also: To be more energy efficient, buy a water heater blanket and wrap your water heater in it; this will keep it from having to work as hard during the cold months.
As of April 15, 2015 the government changed regulations on water heaters. The new ones have to be more energy-efficient; resulting in the need for more insulation, which changed the diameter of them. They are now wider and this may make it more difficult to replace/install if your current one is barely fitting where it currently is located. The cost difference is not much, depending on the size you’re trying to replace. The cost of labor may increase depending what needs to be done to help the new water heater fit. It may require removal of a door, frame or even cause for relocating it.
Noisy Water Heater
If your heater becomes unusually noisy…Check for: Accumulation of rust, scale or sediment in the tank or Scale has formed on the elements.
Remedies: Drain the tank and flush it out and remove the elements. Soak with vinegar and then scrape off the scale.
Here Comes Summer
Summer is around the corner and we all know how hot it gets! Check the temperature setting on your water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use. It won’t take as much energy to heat the water during the summer. Especially in Texas!
We are wondering if it’s “National hot water heater week!” We have received many calls for repairs or replacements for water heaters. During our visit, we have had many questions and inquiries for tankless water heaters. Here’s some basic information.Generally tankless are considered to be more energy efficient because it only heats water as it is needed. When the tap is turned on, the heater goes to work and supplies continuous hot water. It’s smaller and can hang on a wall—but it can require larger gas lines and special venting—all of which can be expensive. However, a tankless water heater has a life expectancy of 15-20 years and may reduce water heating bills by as much as 30 percent. They’re pricey, though and can range from $2,800 to $4,000. All to be considered when replacing a water heater.
Tis’ The Season
This is a busy time of year for most people. Christmas parties, families visiting, etc. Turn up the water heater slightly to retain hot water. To avoid scalding, do not exceed 125°F.
Home Hot Water Systems
At 140 degrees, it takes 5 seconds for water to burn skin. At 160 degrees, it takes only 1/2 of a second. Home hot water systems (water heaters) should be set to no hotter than 125 degrees. It will also save you on your electric bill!
Flush it Out
Your water heater works harder during winter months. Flush it out and remove sediment buildup, which causes corrosion, shortens life span and reduces heating efficiency. Drain several gallons from the faucet near the bottom of the tank (careful, it’s HOT). Connect a hose to the faucet and direct water into a nearby drain. Check your water heater manufacturer ‘s website for specific instructions concerning your make and model. ***Check the temperature setting on your water heater’s thermostat. Set at 120°F for optimum performance.
What’s the Right Temperature?
Set your water heater temperature to 120° F. This will be hot enough to meet your household needs without danger of scalding. According to The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), each 10°F reduction in water temperature will generally save three percent to five percent on your water heating costs.