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What You Can Do To Help Your Water Heater

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterWe spend so much time talking about water heaters on our team because they’re so important. This one appliance accounts for nearly 17% of your home’s overall energy usage. This is a large statistic for just one appliance in your home. This is why it’s important to stay on top of your Richmond, TX water heater service.

The problem that we find is that most homeowners aren’t sure what they should do. We understand this. It’s not your job to be the expert here—it’s ours! This is why we’ve compiled some of the best tips around into our blog today. Try some of these out. If you don’t see a difference in the operation of your water heater, then you can schedule an appointment for further service from us.

How to Take Care of Your Water Heater

There are tips and tricks you can try to help your water heater out. Here are some of our favorites. Try these out and if they don’t make a difference, then it’s time to take more drastic measures in your home. 

Have Maintenance Performed Regularly   

The first thing you can do to protect your water heater system is to get regular maintenance. Maintenance is the best thing you can possibly do for your home’s water heater because it’s such a reinforcing service. 

Maintenance keeps your water heater in prime condition, prevents further upsets, and helps you maintain high-quality water. Maintenance is a service you should have done regardless of what type of water heater you have. We meet tankless water heater owners who think this rule doesn’t apply to them. Although this system doesn’t need to be flushed, it still must be maintained. Trust us to handle this job. 

Insulate Your Tank

Our weather can get surprisingly cold in Richmond. If you often deal with standby heat loss, then insulating your tank is your best plan of action. Insulating the tank prevents problems like standby heat loss, and it also prevents your system from turning on and off as frequently. This will save you time, money, and energy.

Make Sure the Temperature Is Correct

You should make sure that the temperature of your home’s water heater is correct. It’s common for the thermostat to be set a little higher than it should be. Most people out there can be comfortable with a thermostat setting closer to 120° although most thermostats on water heaters are set to about 140”. Try lowering yours and see if it makes a difference. 

Insulate Pipes

You can insulate your pipes as well. If insulating your tank doesn’t seem to cut it, then adding a little something to your pipes can help you conserve even more heat. 

Take Note of Your Anode Rod

Your anode rod is the one part of your water heater that makes a huge difference. If you’re having significant issues with your water heater, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with a professional so they can check on it. The anode rod needs to not have corroded completely to allow your water heater to perform. 

Contact Doug Turner Plumbing CO. today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. Services you can depend on!

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