Money Saving Summertime Water Heater Tips
Once the summer heat arrives, you probably turn your thoughts to days on the beach, not thinking about your hot water heater. However, when it’s steamy outside, it’s actually the perfect time to do some simple maintenance tasks that can save you cash on your energy bill and help prolong the life of your unit.
Turn Down the Temperature on the Hot Water Heater
When there’s a chill in the air, stepping into a steaming hot shower is a relaxing luxury. However, after building up a sweat under the sweltering sun, you don’t need all that extra heat stored in your hot water tank. By turning down the temperature setting on the hot water heater to 120F, you can save up to $60 a year in heating costs and up to $400 in demand loss according to the Department of Energy
Replace the Anode Rod
If your heater has an anode rod, it functions by removing corrosive elements from the water. This helps to extend the lifespan of the tank. Anode rods only cost between $10 and $20 and are an easy DiY project. Check your owner’s manual for specifics, but it is usually as easy as unscrewing and removing the old one and replacing it with a fresh rod. Corrosion in the tank is a leading cause of water heater failure, especially in the older large tank models.
Check for Leaks
Hot water heaters have a useful lifespan typically between ten and twenty years. For a decade it’ll quietly deliver hot water to your taps until one day there is none. Many times homeowners discover the failure of their heaters and tanks when they walk into a puddle in the basement or storage closet. If moisture is always found under your aging unit, it might be time to get it replaced. And wouldn’t you rather go for a couple days without hot water in the middle of the summer, not when the mercury dips down around the winter holidays?
If you have any questions about your Cocoa Beach, FL hot water heater, don’t hesitate to contact Accurate Plumbing for friendly assistance and prompt service.