Tips to Keep Your Water Heater Running Efficiently

Jul 13, 2018

Water, Heater, Hot Water System, HWSIf you have a traditional water heater with a large tank, it’s in your best interest to perform several simple and inexpensive tasks to keep it running efficiently and extend its life. Some, such as adding insulation and setting the temperature, only need to be done once. Others, like flushing the tank and checking the anode road, should be done annually. Follow these water heater maintenance tips to make your hot water less expensive.

Test the TPR Valve

Shut off the power and the cold water supply valve. Place a bucket under the pipe connected to the temperature-pressure-release (TPR) on the top or side of the tank. Lift the valve’s tab to let out some water, and then let go. If water keeps flowing, drain the tank part way. If water keeps flowing, drain the tan partially, unscrew the old valve with a pipe wrench and install a new one.

Check the Anode Rod

Connect a hose to the tank’s drain cock and let out some water. Fit a socket onto the rod’s hex head on top of the heater, or under its top plate and unscrew the rod. If it’s less than 1.25 centimeters thick or coated with calcium, but a new one, wrap its threads with Teflon tape, replace it inside the tank and tighten securely.

Drain the Tank and Wash Out Sediment

Drain the remaining water in the tank into a bucket, and then stir up the sediment on the tank’s bottom by briefly opening the cold-water supply valve. Drain and repeat until clean water comes out of the hose. Close the drain cock, refill the tank turn its power back on.

Adjust the Temperature

Find the temperature dial on the side of the tank and unscrew its cover. Adjust the setting to 49 C. using a flathead screwdriver. For every five degrees the temperature is lowered, you can save up to five percent in energy costs. Turn the water heater off or put it on its lowest setting if you plan to be away from home for more than three days.

Insulate the Pipes and Heater

Buy self-stick foam pipe insulation that matches the pipes’ diameter Slide it over the hot- and cold-water pipes as far as you can reach.  Buy an insulating blanket and cut it to fit around pipes, valves, etc. and wrap the sides of the tank. Do not cover the top.

Whenever you have a problem with your water heater or another part of our problem, call the technicians at Intagas for the best service in Brisbane and surrounding communities.

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