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How To Make Your Hot Water Heater More Efficient

How To Make Your Hot Water Heater More Efficient

Most homeowners don’t think twice about their water heater — that is, until it stops working. From washing clothes and dishes to showering, hot water is used just about every day in a home.

If your water heater is starting to give out, don’t be so quick to replace it entirely. Instead, may just need to:

Add Insulation

The average water heater has a cold water pipe flowing into it and a hot water pipe flowing out of it — both capable of carrying several gallons of water at a time. As the hot water sits, waiting to be used, it will begin to cool. If it gets too cool, the heater has to turn on again and reheat that sitting water. Insulating the tank and the hot water pipe will keep your water hot longer, meaning the water heater won’t have to run as often.

Bleed the Heater Each Year

The cold water that flows into your water heater will contain sediment that's naturally found in water. This sediment will settle on the bottom of the tank and begin taking up more and more space. And the more sediment in your tank, the less water it can hold. You can have the tank drained on a yearly basis to remove the sediment while cleaning the inside of the tank.

Lower the Temperature of Your Heater

Have you ever heard the rumor that the higher your water temperature is, the more money you’ll save? This couldn't be further from the truth. If water is too hot, it can burn someone’s skin, and eat away at your pipes and the inner components of your water heater. It's best to keep your thermostat set on 120 degrees Fahrenheit for optimum efficiency.

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