08 Dec Save Money with These Water Heater Hacks
Water heaters work 24 hours a day to maintain consistent water temperatures in your household. You can prolong the life of your heater and relieve some of the burden with some simple water heater hacks.
Cover the water heater
When you cover your water heater with a blanket, this passively helps insulate your water heater to ensure it keeps the water at the specified temperature, despite the outside temperatures in your basement or utility closet.
You can make a water heater cover yourself, or purchase one specifically made for your model water heater at hardware stores.
Lower the temperature
Lowering the temperature on your water heater makes it easier for your heater to reach the desired level of hot water for your household. Aside from lowering the temperature all the time, there are specific times that you can safely lower it below levels that you would normally want. As long as outside temperatures are not freezing, you can turn the thermostat even lower when:
– You go away for a weekend or long vacation
– You go to bed at night
– You leave for work in the morning.
These are all times when you won’t be needing hot water from your taps.
Use cold water more often
When you use hot water to launder your clothes, the water heater tank has to refill water and then bring it up to the correct temperature. If you use cold water in your laundry room more often, you reduce the number of times the heater has to reheat gallons of water for the household.
Monitor and fix leaks
Many households have hard water that comes from the town or a well. This hard water contains minerals that can build up inside the bottom of your water heater. Over time, the metal from the minerals creates rust, which subsequently leads to the possibility of leaks. When your water heater has to deal with leaking water, that means it has to constantly replenish the water supply and heat the incoming cold water.
Have a plumber do regular inspections of your water heater to check for any leaks. They may be able to fix the leak or replace the heater to save you money in the long run. If you need water heating repair in Albuquerque, give us a call today.