Most people don’t even think about their water heater maintenance until something goes wrong. Without a functioning water heater, you can’t use everyday appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine, and daily activities like hot showers become impossible. These few tips on water heater maintenance are crucial for making sure your water heater is in the best possible shape for all your needs.
You should ensure that your water heater is never set above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot enough for everything you need to do without wasting the extra energy. Every 10 degrees you lower the temperature can save you 5% in energy costs.
If you’re planning on going away for an extended period, you should switch your water heater to vacation mode. Vacation mode lowers the base temperature of your water heater, ultimately saving you energy and money.
At least once a year, your water heater system should be completely flushed out by a professional. This is to get rid of any sediment or mineral build-up and keep your water heater running at maximum efficiency. This is especially important if your home struggles with hard water.
If left unchecked, severe build-up can occur and eventually lead to clogs.
To get the most out of your water heater, insulating the pipes and heater will help avoid excessive heat loss. This is especially important in colder climates because the area surrounding your water heater being super cold can lower the efficiency and take more energy to run.
If you notice your water heater acting weird or have any questions on maintenance, then give the skilled plumbers at High Speed Plumbing a call. We are prepared to help with any problems and perform any maintenance at “high speeds” and affordable prices!