Save Money With Water Heater Maintenance

Quietly tucked away in the utility or laundry room, our water heaters are among those out-of-sight, out-of-mind household necessities that we barely notice until our daily routine is disturbed. But even the most efficient water heater is subject to daily damage from a dangerous "occupational hazard": sediment build-up. And when the water heater's efficiency deteriorates and we have to call professional help on an emergency basis, you can be sure that both the price and the inconvenience are going to be daunting, this is why regular water heater maintenance is the most cost-efficient way to go.

It makes a lot of sense to get into a routine of regular professional water heater maintenance. Not only does a professional technician know how to work safely and knowledgeably around your machine; he also knows how to keep it working most efficiently. And efficient operation, in the long run, is going to save you money, since your heater won't have to use so much energy to get the water to the temperature you desire.

Here are some things to consider when it comes to saving money with your water heater. First, be sure that the thermostat is set at the appropriate temperature. If you have children at home, don't set the water too hot as it can cause scalding: 135-140 degrees Fahrenheit should be a maximum. Remember that appliances like dishwashers have their own water heaters, so you don't need to have extra-hot water available for such use. Keeping the temperature on the heater a bit on the lower side will save money in the long run.
Be sure that the tank is free of sediment. Whether your heater is gas-, electric-, or solar-powered, the build-up of sediment in the tank is going to be inevitable. Any time that water is heated, calcium carbonate and other minerals occurring naturally in the water are going to settle out and fall to the bottom of the tank. With time, this sediment forms a kind of insulating layer between the heating element and the water, causing the element to work that much harder to get the water hot. Removing the mineral deposit means savings on your energy bill.

Regular maintenance will also insure that the valve system on your water heater is functioning efficiently and safely. Both the temperature pressure relief valve and the water heater drain valve need to be inspected to insure that sediment has not interfered with the manner in which they maintain pressure and temperature within the heater.

Heaters powered by gas should have their gas flue, gas burner, and pilot light regularly checked as well. When these elements lose efficiency, you can be sure that there will be a greater drain upon the energy used, and higher energy bills in the long run.

Looking to hire water heater services in your Vernon community? Call Water Heater Medic today at (860) 896-3342.