How to Save Money from Your Water Heater

Nowadays, and especially in the holiday season, we tend to forget about our little friend the water heater. It sits rested on people’s attic or in the garage or some basement doing all the work providing us heated water during the cold nights and winter season. Keep in mind that water heaters are not maintenance free and it’s easy to oversight the bills and costly fees that comes along when you have one. In this article I will tackle some steps and guides to have that friendly water heater be up and running for many years to come.

At 120 degrees, the water heater is already at its optimal functionality and usually set up good warm water for everyone’s liking; not to mention the heater will experience lower stress and affordable utility bills are on its way. If you tend to add more than that amount of heat, you tend to add pressure on the machine and you might experience mild burns and scalding water in your bathe. When people realized they need more heated water, they tend to turn up the thermostat a bit, but it is more advisable to add multiple heaters or purchase a larger tank than having to turn the heat at maximum.

Always try to maintain the heaters cleanliness by draining the tank of sediments it may accumulate over time, try to do this regularly. Many people think than they have purchased a self cleaning water heater but the dirt and sediments still developed at the bottom of the tank in time. If you do this periodically and maintain the draining you will be avoiding rust to be forming inside or at the bottom of the tank. Always have safety measures when doing this or have someone knowledgeable do the work to avoid flooding your own home or cause accidents.

If you can, try buying a water heater jacket or cover to be placed around your tank. It avoids rapid loss of heat through in and out the tank. Always cover the pipes with good insulators to have the best heat pumping through your pipes straight into your faucets. But before deciding on the insulations installations, always ask the manufacturer if this can be done or allowed to avoid damages to your tank.

If you follow these simple and minor steps you will be extending the life of your water heater and in turn be saving yourself from hundreds of dollars and a lot of headaches in the end.

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