Water Heater Maintenance | Angies List Tips

Water Heater Maintenance | Angies List Tips

You’d think the third-largest energy hog in your home would demand its share of attention. But not the lowly water heater. It generally stands alone in its corner, gathering dust and dutifully heating water on demand. What most homeowners don’t realize is that silent silo could be draining their wallets with every steamy shower or load of dishes.

  • Maintained properly, water heaters will last for decades and deliver gallon after gallon of hot water. Left alone, they’ll quickly lose efficiency, sucking dollars out of your wallet with every degree of heat.
  • If your water heater is more than ten years old, it’s probably operating at less than 50 percent of its efficiency.
  • Reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting the appropriate water heater for your home.
    • Storage units are the most popular type of water heating systems, tankless systems offer energy savings by providing hot water only when it’s needed.
    • Another cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home is through the use of solar water heaters.
  • You’re going to pay more for a higher energy-efficient water heater. But you’ll save more money in the long run on your water heating bills than if you purchase a less efficient system. 4 ways to improve water efficiency:
    • Use low-flow faucets and shower heads. This will make your tank of hot water go farther.
    • Check that your water heater tank and pipes are properly insulated. But, don’t cover the tank thermostat.
    • Lower your water heater base temperature to 120 degrees. Your shower will still be steamy and you'll save energy on heating the water.
    • Drain a quart of water from your water heater tank every 3 months to remove sediment that slows down heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. Follow the proper steps suggested by your manufacturer since the type of tank you have can determine the best procedure.
  • Proper installation depends on factors such as; fuel type, climate, local building code requirements, and safety issues.
  • The need for a water heater replacement generally arises when the hot water stops flowing, making it an emergency situation. Rather than hire the first company you find in the yellow pages, take an hour to call around and compare prices. If you can hold out until normal business hours, you will avoid the after-hours emergency service charge.
    • Talk to the companies about new innovations and systems that could increase your energy efficiency. Spending a little more on the unit may pay off in monthly energy savings if you plan to be in your home for 5 or more years.
    • If you plan to sell your home in the near future, don’t spend a lot on a fancy system. A water heater is considered standard when purchasing a home. Like furnaces and roofs, a new water heater may be appealing to potential buyers, but it’s probably not going to increase your asking price.
    • Replacing a water heater can be cumbersome and involve many gallons of water. Make sure you know how it will be done. The units are very heavy and navigating small staircases can cause damage to your home.
    • Check that your company is insured to cover any damages.


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The need for water heater replacement generally arises when the hot water stops flowing, making it an emergency situation. If you can hold out until normal business hours, you will avoid the after-hours emergency service charge.

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