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How to Help Your Water Heater and Your Wallet

There’s no question that water heaters in Mission Bend, TX play a vital role in day-to-day life. It would be much more difficult to take showers, do the laundry, and wash your dishes without one. 

However, just like other things in your home, operating costs money. While this is true, costing money and wasting money aren’t the same thing. With a few smart tips and tactics, you can reduce your utility costs while still using hot water when needed. 

Turn the Thermostat Down

When a thermostat comes from the factory, it is usually set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. However, this is much hotter than most people need and winds up wasting a lot of money. If you keep the temperature set at this, you are going to be throwing a lot of money away year after year. 

Instead, set the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is still going to produce sufficient hot water and be easier on your wallet. Be sure to consult with a professional before making any adjustments though.

Make Sure the Unit Is Operating Properly and Safely

Be sure the temperature and pressure relief valve work properly. This may require that you get help from a plumber. 

If the valve that controls pressure and temperature malfunctions, it may cause an explosion or leak. If an explosion occurs, your home may be seriously damaged and you will likely have to replace your water heater. 

One of the best ways to check and see if the valve is working is to lift the lever and then let it go back to its original position. When you do this, you should hear water bubbling as it is sent through the drain. If you don’t hear this sound, call a professional for help. 

Drain the Sediment in the Tank

Sediment can build up over time inside the unit’s tank – this is natural. It will slow down the transfer of heat and make your unit much less efficient. This means you have to spend more money heating your water than necessary. This is especially the case if you live somewhere there is hard water. 

Draining a few quarts of sediment from the unit every three months will help prevent this problem and keep the unit working efficiently. Some of the top indications of sediment build-up include:

  • Rumbling
  • Popping sounds
  • Leaking

Cleaning out the sediment is particularly important if you have a gas water heater. The excess build-up in these units can cause them to break down completely. Call a professional to have your system drained or maintained properly.

Making Your Water Heater Work Smarter, Not Harder

As you can see, there are several steps you can take to help ensure your water heater works properly and efficiently. Doing this is going to help you save a significant amount of money over time. Be sure to keep this in mind and if any serious issues arise, contact the professionals for a full inspection and repairs, if needed. 

Contact Doug Turner Plumbing CO. today to schedule an appointment with our professionals.

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