Like many homeowners, you are probably looking for tips to increase your water heater’s efficiency or extend its life. The good news is that there are a number of simple proactive maintenance steps you can take to avoid costly water heater repairs or having to shell out for an expensive replacement unit.
Take care of your water heater and it should provide you with hot water for years to come. Here are a few ways to extend the lifespan of water heaters in Glenwood Springs, CO.
Insulate your water heater
Homeowners know the benefits of insulating home walls and crawlspaces, but many are not aware they can insulate their water heaters, too. In fact, insulating the unit can have a positive impact on water heater efficiency and lifespan. Insulation around the water heater reduces heat loss, and the less energy that’s wasted, the lower your utility bills will be. To insulate the unit, you can wrap an approved insulated blanket, sheet or quilt around it and add foam pipe insulation to both hot and cold water pipes. You can install water heater insulation yourself or hire a professional for the job.
Schedule annual water heater inspections
Some homeowners don’t get large household appliances—like water heaters, air conditioners and heating systems—inspected on a regular basis for one reason or another. However, a checkup every year is an easy way to extend the life of your water heater, as investing in ongoing inspections and maintenance ensures the unit is always performing at its best.
When a professional water heater technician inspects your water heater system, he or she will be able to identify potential issues and spot necessary repairs and maintenance needs. Work with a reputable company and you’ll rest easier knowing there’s a fully trained technician coming to inspect all water heater components, flush the tank and more.
Set your water heater to the right temperature
Water heaters have multiple heat settings to ensure all the faucets in the house receive adequate hot water when needed. Settings are adjustable, but you might not know this if you haven’t looked at the unit at all since it was installed. The thing about the temperature is that most homeowners don’t think to check it unless the system has gone whacky, like when there’s no hot water coming out of the faucets or the tank itself is making loud noises.
For the most part, most newly installed residential water heaters are set to 140 degrees F per the manufacturer’s suggestion. That’s pretty hot! In addition to being a possible burn hazard, a water heater set to 140 degrees can cost you money. Turning the temperature of a properly working water heater down to 120 degrees or even 130 degrees can save the average household nearly $500 a year in energy costs. Doing this can also extend the life of the unit.
Contact Garrett Hansen Plumbing Inc. today to speak to an expert about important maintenance and inspections for residential water heaters in Glenwood Springs, CO.
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