Water heaters play a big role in your home and if you have ever been without a functioning water heater, you know how inconvenient it is! The average water heater has a lifespan of 8 to 12 years, but there are certain things you can do to keep it maintained and running at peak efficiency during those years. As we look toward the upcoming autumn months, it’s a great time to make sure your water heater is properly maintained.
Tip #1: Adjust the temperature.
Did you know that you can save money each month on energy costs if you set your water heater to the appropriate temperature? This is also a great way to ensure everyone stays safe too, as it helps reduce the risk of scalding water coming out of the faucet.
Tip #2: Make sure the area around the water heater is clear.
Most water heaters are in basements or garages where homeowners store extra items, so if that’s the case for you, make sure you keep the water heater area clear. There should always be about two feet of clearance around it.
Tip #3: Insulate.
Insulating your water heater with an insulation blanket can help with energy efficiency and reduce standby heat loss by a significant percentage. If you insulate the hot water pipes coming out of the water heater, you can also reduce heat loss and lower the cost of heating the water. Coldwater pipe insulation can help stop moisture condensation from forming.
Not sure where to start? Our experienced team of professionals at Rowe Plumbing and Drain will help check your water heater to determine if it’s functioning at its peak. We can also check the thermostat and pressure valve and will even help drain any sediment that can accumulate in the water heater, which can be labor-intensive for the average homeowner. We are standing by to help get your water heater serviced, so contact Rowe Plumbing and Drain today for information!