3 Ways to Improve Your Water Heater’s Efficiency

3 Ways to Improve Your Water Heater’s Efficiency

As a homeowner, your water heater’s efficiency should be a major concern. If it isn’t, consider the following statistic shared by the U.S Department of Energy:  the average household spends around $400-$600 annually on water heater costs. That represents the second-largest utility bill cost just behind air conditioning.

Not everyone is in a position to buy a new water heater but what you can do is to implement a few steps that reduce energy costs. In this blog, we’ll list 3 ways to improve your water heater’s efficiency.

Keep your Water Heater Clean

In traditional tank-style water heaters, mineral and sediment can build up and accumulate inside the tank. Calcium and magnesium deposits settle at the base of the tank and harden over time. This forces the water heater to work harder. Eventually, all the extra work creates pressure that may lead to overheating and ruptures.

Drain and flush the water heater with cold water at least once a year. Removing the sediment buildup increases the water heater’s efficiency and saves you from costly repairs. Although modern water heaters have a hefty price tag, the energy savings pay for the cost in the long-run. Some models even have a feature that automatically clears away the sediment.

Fix Leaks

Plumbing leaks are the most common plumbing problem. When hot water begins to leak, the water heater expends more energy to keep the remaining water at a consistently high temperature. If you notice pools of water appearing beneath your water heater, conduct a thorough inspection.

The drain and temperature-pressure relief valves are areas where leaks usually develop. Also, inspect the water pipes and call in professional plumbers the moment you identify a problem.

Lower the Temperature

Every water heater comes with a built-in thermostat. It determines the temperature of the water inside the tank. Most manufacturers set the default temperature at 140℉. We’d recommend bringing it down to 120. Reducing the temperature will help you cut down on energy bills and prolong the life of your water heater.

Even if there’s nothing wrong with your water heater, making a few changes can bring about great financial benefits. Pro Serve Plumbing offers tankless water heater installation and repair services in Forth Worth, Texas. They’re able to fix any leaks your water heater has and also make a few tweaks that help reduce energy bills. Contact us today for more information.