Water heaters are a necessity in every home, especially during harsh Minnesota winters. It is important that you take proper care of your water heater. This can help lower your electricity bill, improve the lifespan of your water heater, and make cold weather a little more bearable.
are some tips on how
to take care of your water heater:
usually set the thermostat to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This
temperature is not energy efficient and will cause corrosion and
mineral buildup due to scalding in the tank and pipes. Lower the
temperature to 120 degrees, which will cut your electricity bill by
10%. In other words, you can cut up to 5% of the cost of your bill by
reducing 10 degrees. Be sure to turn off the heater if you’re not
going to be home.
the Tank and Pipes
Insulating the storage tank by buying an insulating jacket will prove to be a great investment in the long run. Foam insulation for pipes is easily available at hardware stores. Use 1-inch thick fiberglass pipe wraps for pipes that are closer to the heater and will receive the highest temperature of the water.
helps in retaining heat and it will make your heater’s job
considerably easier. This will also lower your electricity bill by
reducing energy needs.
a Water Softener
water softener helps filter any mineral debris that might clog the
pipes or settle in the tank. This is especially useful if your water
supply is higher in mineral content, this is called hard water. Hard
water can cause the scale to build up in your appliances. The most
common minerals present in hard water are calcium and magnesium,
which will harden at higher temperatures.
a water softener will improve
the lifespan of your water heater
the Anode Rod
The anode rod is placed in a water heater to remove any corrosive minerals from the water supply. This protects the inside of the water heater from rust. The anode rod can be worn down after a few years and will eventually corrode completely. It might be time to check if your anode rod needs to be replaced by a professional. This simple repair work can greatly improve the health of your heater.
you are unsure of how to do this, call your local plumber at Air
your water tank by repeatedly letting in cold water and then emptying
it. This will get rid of any dirt, debris, or buildup. Your tank
should be flushed every year. If the water is coming out brown, call
your local plumber, you might need a full cleaning of the tank.
Lastly, remember to schedule an annual maintenance check by a professional. Annual checks help identify early signs of trouble including leaks, damage, components that needs replacement, etc. Even minor leaks and loose joints can cause a major catastrophe! Parts of your pipes or other fixtures might need replacement. Call your local plumber if you notice any leak or damage.
Air Mechanical, Inc specializes in plumbing in Coon Rapids, MN. Call us for services that keep your water heater in its prime.