Like many things around the house, the water heater is often taken for granted until it starts acting up. The cost of replacing this system is significant. Having a new one installed costs on average $3,200 to $4,500, which is why it makes sense to try and get as much out of your existing one as possible. According to the plumbing contractors at Oahu, Hawaii-based, Fast Rooter Plumbing LLC, there are simple steps you can take to ensure that the heater works efficiently for years to come.
Fast Rooter Plumbing shares some tips for ensuring the longevity of your water heating system:
- Insulate: An easy way to increase efficiency of the system and thereby increase its usable lifespan is to wrap it up in an insulating jacket. This ensures that less heat escapes from the walls, but you need to go through the manufacturer’s specs to see if using such a jacket is possible with your model. Also, make sure the jacket does not cover the thermostat or prevent air inlets on gas or oil fired systems.
- Cleaning: It’s normal to see some sediment in a heater, but if that builds up to excess, it will significantly reduce the system’s efficiency. You can get rid of this stuff yourself by draining the tank of 2-3 gallons of water.
- Vacation Care: If you’re planning on being out of town for travel, turn the heater down to the lowest setting or even turn it off. If your system includes a pilot light, you’ll need to know how to reignite it.
- Lower The Temperature: A good way to reduce wear and tear is to ensure that the temperature setting for hot water is 120 degrees; every 10-degree reduction in temperature leads to a 3-5 percent reduction in energy consumption.
Of course, should you have any problems or need installation of a new water heating system, consider working with Fast Rooter Plumbing LLC. As area leaders in this field for 20 years, you’ll find no better plumber to take care of the job than this one. Learn more by visiting these contractors online, or by calling (808) 734-4938.