The winter season brings homeowners extra bills with the gifts, feasts and celebrations of the holiday season, but what many do not realize is the amount of money they may be wasting on their energy and water bills through the inefficiency of their hot water heaters. To help homeowners avoid wasting money this winter, the local Fairfield, California Roto-Rooter has provided some suggestions to keep energy and water bills low and make the holidays easier:
- Check the Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve: Designed to release pressure if the water heater’s tank becomes over pressurized or too hot. These valves are crucial to the safety of your hot water heater. For proper inspection of the valve, place an empty bucket or pan under the valve’s relief tube, this is a vertical piece of copper pipe connected to the valve. Pull the valve’s Trip Leaver and wait for an air stream, vapors or water to exit from the pipe into the bucket. If none of these reactions occurred, your valve is not operating properly and your water heater could be in danger of exploding. Contact Fairfield Roto-Rooter to replace your temperature and pressure relief valve.
- Flush the Tank: It is common for water heaters to collect sediment that leads to corrosion, leaks and rust. To clean out the tank, turn off the water gas and electricity running to the water heater first. Then connect a garden hose to the tank’s drain valve, open the drain valve and a hot water faucet at the highest point inside the house to prevent a vacuum from forming. Then allow the tank empty.
- Stay Efficient and Save Money: While most manufacturers set tanks at 140°F, this can cause your heater to work harder than it needs to and present a risk of scalding, so keep your water heater temperature at 120°F. This temperature allows your water heater to work more efficiently by using less energy but still providing the household with a reliable supply of hot water. It is also important to note that every 10°F reduction of your water heater temperature allows you to save 3-5% in winter energy costs.
Maintaining a water heater can be a daunting task, so help is only a phone call away. Fairfield Roto-Rooter is available 24/7/365 to keep hot water heaters running smooth and efficiently.
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