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Getting the Most from Your Hot Water Heater

June 13, 2017
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Water heaters are among the biggest energy draining appliances in your entire house. Because saving money on energy bills is typically at the forethoughts of most homeowners, knowing how to get the most out of your hot water heater should also be at the top of your list.
Turn down the heat
One of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bills is to turn down your hot water heater. Lowering the thermostat will not only reduce heating costs, it could also add longevity to the life of your hot water heater. Additionally, lower the temperature can prevent the buildup of minerals that could potentially corrode the inside of the tank.
Check it out
Taking the time to get your hot water heater inspected is an important step in ensuring it is running at peak performance. Checking valves and the water inlet for malfunction can reduce potential issues before they occur.
Clean on the inside
Keeping major appliances clean can help to increase their lifespan. Your hot water heater is no exception. Flush out your tank every year to reduce the amount of sediment inside the heater. This will prevent the pipes from clogging which can have a detrimental impact on the unit’s performance. Be sure to turn off the heat to the unit for an hour or before draining so to ensure that the water is not too hot.
Bundle up
If you have an older unit, consider using a fiberglass jacket to improve efficiency. Review your owner’s manual to ensure that your unit will work with an insulated jacket. Additionally, take some time to insulate the hot and cold water pipes as well.
Consider a new heater
If your hot water heater is losing efficiency, it might be time to replace it with a newer model. One great cost saving options is to consider installing a tankless model. While these units can be costlier on the outset, because they are only heating water as it is needed, it is far more efficient than a traditional hot water heater which is keeping water warm consistently and will save you money down the road.
If you are considering installing a new hot water heater, or would like to schedule an inspection of your current unit, contact the team at Essential Plumbing & Sewer. They are a full-service plumbing and sewer company serving DuPage County and surround communities.

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