Indianapolis companies offer water heater tips
Wrap it up
Proper water heater insulation helps to reduce energy bills, says Rick Cantleberry, owner of A-rated Turner Appliance Repair on the Southside. “If it’s in a cold area of the house, you definitely want to put a jacket on it,” he says, adding that they’re sold in local stores and range in cost from $20 to $70.
Turn it down
Save those dineros by switching the water heater to its lowest temperature while on vacation, or to a comfortable low on a regular basis, Cantleberry says. Many units today have actual vacation settings right on the dial, he says, but if not just turn it down to low.
A tankless job
Homeowners who use gas heat should consider a tankless water heater, says Brad Persic, co-owner of A-rated Hope Plumbing on the Northeastside. Tankless units cost $3,000 to $4,000 installed, and provide the most energy savings by heating water only on demand. “You’re going to save 20 to 30 percent annually,” he says.
Give your water heater an annual flush to prolong its life, says Ryan Carpenter, owner of A-rated Plumbing Heating Paramedics in Fishers. “This keeps the sediment on the bottom from forming like hard concrete,” he says. The typical cost is $89, but he offers a free annual flush for regular customers.
For homes with electric heat pumps, Persic says the Pro Series Energy Star water heaters with eight-year warranties provide a good alternative to the industry-standard six year warranty units. He estimates the cost difference between a six-year and an eight-year unit to be approximately $200 — less than the cost of replacing one.
Hold the flow
Carpenter says water heaters often fail because of thermal expansion, caused by high water pressure. “This can be reduced by installing a pressure reducing valve and a thermal expansion tank,” he says. Each may range in cost from $325 to $450, but you’ll need to hire a professional for the job.