How To Make Sure Your Water Heater Is Running Efficiently
Jan 17, 2018 - 1:43:10 PM
Let’s take a look at the following five tips, which will not only help you identify that your water heater isn’t working efficiently, but will also equip you with the appropriate preventative skills.
Always have power on your radar — electrical power, that is! If there’s no hot water, check for power, as no hot water could mean the pilot light is off or that the circuit has been tripped.
You need to take some time out to give your water heater a touch of TLC. At the entrance to your hot water faucet, take a good look at the water coming out of it. If it’s discolored — rusty, say — it could mean your water heater is in danger of failing. If it’s muddy in color, it means there’s sediment in the actual tank, which again is a warning sign of imminent failure.
Or is it just your water heater grumbling? As your water heater gets older, sediment accumulates on the bottom of its tank, which then hardens as it’s reheated. The grumbling, rumbling, loud bangs and other outbursts are usually a sign your water heater is coming to the end of its lifetime.
If there are any leaks, don’t tolerate them! Take immediate action if you notice any water around your heater where, before, there was none. Of course, safety must come first, so before you attempt to take away or replace any heater, turn off the electricity or gas.
The pros of an efficient water heater should not be underestimated. As a homeowner, there are a few things to be aware of when looking to repair or buy a new one.
Have a think: how old is your heater right now? If it’s living life past its warranty, you may need to consider investing in a new one. Why? Because one-fifth of your home’s total energy cost is down to your water heater. Therefore, ensuring it’s as efficient as possible will save you money.
There are all sorts of new efficiency standardsout there, which means that water heaters on the market which are less than 55 gallons will provide a four percent efficiency boost. Water heaters above 55 gallons, on the other hand, could slash your utility bill by up to a quarter or even half!
That makes right now a good time to buy a new one, but make your decision based on these factors:
Water heaters are often neglected by us homeowners, but given their tireless efforts to give us hot showers, clean clothes and clean food almost instantly, they do deserve a bit of care, maintenance and attention. Do your water heater a favor and become aware of how it’s functioning!