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How Can I Make Sure My New Water Heater Runs Efficiently?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Your new water heater installation in Marietta will provide you with the hot water you need for warm showers and washing your dishes. But it doesn’t operate for free, and you want it to last – so what can you do? There are some simple steps you can take to help your water heater run more efficiently while maintaining its ability to provide you with hot water whenever you need it:

  • Add an insulation blanket – an insulation blanket can help cut heat loss from the outside of the storage tank by up to 40%; this can result in energy savings you’ll see reflected in your monthly bill. NOTE: a combustion water heater should only be wrapped by a trained professional.
  • Insulate your water pipes – wrapping foam your hot water pipes helps the water inside them retain heat; this can help reduce your energy costs.
  • Lower the water temperature – if you cap your water temperature at 140F, you can reduce the amount of energy you use to heat your water. Lower temperatures also help reduce mineral build-up in your water tank.
  • Replace the anode – every water heater has a component called a sacrificial anode. This component purposefully attracts the electrolytes that contribute to oxidation (rust). Once the anode is fully rusted, the electrolytes may attack the tank. By replacing the sacrificial anode, you can keep rust and corrosion at bay.
  • Flush bi-annually – sediment and mineral deposits can build up inside a tank; by doing a bi-annual flush of the tank, you can remove these build-ups and restore the tank to optimal working condition.
  • Schedule annual maintenance – during an annual maintenance, your entire water heater is checked and inspected; it is also flushed and the anode replaced if needed. All the heating elements are inspected and any parts that need lubrication are oiled.

Helping your new water heater run efficiently can help lower your energy usage and your energy bills.

If you need more assistance with making sure your water heater operates efficiently, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today.

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