A water heater is an integral part of any home, though it's often taken for granted. Imagine not having hot water on tap when you need to take a shower in the middle of winter. Your water heater is a godsend, especially if you live in an area with a cold climate, so using it properly is important. Improper use of a tank or tankless water heater can not only shorten its service life, but also cost you in electricity and repair bills. In today’s post, Santana Bros Plumbing shares three mistakes to avoid when it comes to your water heater.
Mistake #1: Setting the Temperature Too High
The most common mistake homeowners make when it comes to their water heater is setting the temperature too high. You see, the higher you set the temperature, the harder your system has to work, which means higher electricity costs.
The problem is, most water heaters are preset to 140 degrees Fahrenheit when they're first installed. To make sure you're not needlessly wasting electricity, plumbing experts recommend setting the temperature to about 120 degrees.
Mistake #2: Ignoring Loud Noises
Loud noises coming from your home appliances are never a good sign, and your water heater is no exception. If you notice that your water heater is making popping or hissing noises, this usually means that there's sediment buildup in your tank. When this happens, your system has to work harder because the sediment creates a barrier between the heating element or burner in your tank and the water it has to heat up. To prevent this from happening, be sure to schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year, even if your tank is brand-new.
From repipes to emergency water heater repair, Santana Bros Plumbing can get the job done right. For all your plumbing needs, be sure to give us a call at (713) 494-5504 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled experts.