The winter season brings homeowners extra bills with the gifts, feasts and celebrations of the holiday season. 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 you avoid wasting money this winter, your local Waterbury Roto-Rooter has given some suggestions to keep your energy and water bills low and make your holidays easier:
- Check the Pressure Valve: Designed to release pressure if the water heater’s tank becomes over pressurized. These valves are crucial to the efficiency of your hot water heater. For proper inspection of the valve, you first need to turn off the electricity to the valve, or for gas heaters, set thermostat to “pilot”. Then shut off the cold water flowing to the heater and place an empty bucket or pan under the valve. Pull the valve’s Trip Leaver and wait for an air stream, vapors or water to exit from the valve. If none of these occurred, contact your local Roto-Rooter to repair your pressure valve.
- Flush the Tank: It is common for water heaters to collect sediments that lead to corrosion, leaks and rust. To clean out the tank, turn off the water and electricity running to the heater first. Then connect a garden hose to the tanks drain valve, open the drain valve and pressure relief valve and let the tank empty into the floor drain.
- 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, so keep your water heater temperature at 120°F. This temperature allows your water heater to work more efficiently by reducing the mineral build-up and pipe corrosion. 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.
Preparing your water heater can be a daunting task , so if you think you need assistance, call your local Waterbury Roto-Rooter today and we will make sure that your hot water heater is running smooth and efficiently.
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