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If your hot water pipes heading out from your water heater are uncovered, we need to talk. Even in your heated basement, insulation can keep your hot water hotter on its way to your showers and sinks. When you’re not losing heat, you’re saving money, and you’ll also get the temperature you’re looking for when you’re cooking, cleaning and bathing. It’s an often overlooked part of water heater repair and maintenance, keeping the money you invest in energy serving you as well as possible. At Peach Plumbing & Drain, serving Atlanta, GA, our team has an eye for ways to get the best service out of your water heater, from extending its life by protecting the tank against corrosion to ensuring that your water heater’s heat source, whether gas, electric, or modern hybrid technology, is doing its best.
Your Water Heater Plays a Big Role in Your Energy Consumption
Experts estimate that around 20% of US households’ energy consumption is from heating water, typically in a tank-based water heater. That means your investment in maintaining your unit pays, and when it’s time to upgrade, looking at the numbers and energy efficiency ratings can help you enjoy savings over the next ten years or more, the typical life of many hot water heaters. Proper maintenance and water heater repair can also help extend that lifespan further, by reducing the effect of corrosion on your water heater’s tank, the one part of the unit that pretty much defines how long it can serve you.
The Anode Rod: A Bit of Chemical Magic to Preserve Your Tank and Avoid Water Heater Repairs
Keeping your water heater’s anode rod, a piece of metal that’s the right match for your water type and in good shape, is worth having a water heater repair and maintenance visit annually just by itself. The anode rod helps keep your water heater tank from corroding, extending its lifetime and possibly giving you extra years before you need to consider a water heater replacement. This one small component also helps discourage bacteria growth in your tank, so you can avoid getting smelly and discolored water flowing from your taps and shower. It doesn’t need to be replaced often, but it should never be allowed to totally dissolve. Your water heater repair specialist can provide the correct anode rod replacement when it’s time.
When Your Hot Water Supply Is Reduced or You Have to Wait for It
A busy household can mask the symptoms of trouble with your thermostat and heating unit because a partial failure in dual-heater units can look like excessive hot water use, but it’s not. When only the top or bottom portion of the water in the tank is being heated, you’ll experience a long wait for hot water as the cold water is drawn out first, or a short supply of hot water followed by cold or just warm water that follows. Our water heater repair experts can take care of this problem quickly, and get you back a full supply of hot water, maintaining peace in your family.
Thermostats and Heating Units
During maintenance visits, water heater repair personnel perform a variety of checks to anticipate issues with your unit, including making sure the thermostats and heating units are operating correctly and efficiently. If they aren’t in good shape, you might be losing energy from inefficiency, but they might also be heating to a different temperature than you’ve set, wasting energy, or potentially causing hygiene issues if the water’s not at the right temperature for washing up.
Setting the Temperature
What’s the right temperature setting for your water heater thermostat? Units often come set to 140 degrees F, but the US government suggests that 120 degrees is enough to keep you comfortable and safe with germ-killing heat while saving money on energy. Setting the temperature too high not only can waste energy by keeping your water hotter than it needs to be, both in the tank and when you draw some for a shower or bath, it can also be dangerous. Children, seniors, and others who may not be able to feel and respond when the water is too hot can get scalded by extra-hot water. If you want to have a supply that’s higher than your tank supplies for kitchen or bathroom use, consider installing a local tankless heater there. By the way, thermostats do get bumped from time to time, so it’s worth checking to make sure it’s set properly, especially if it’s not out of the way.
Using In-Line Units Effectively in Kitchens and Bathrooms
In-line tankless water heaters are a common solution not only for higher temperature water where you need it, but to save on water and energy costs by providing immediate hot water rather than drawing all the way from the basement or other hot water heater location.
Our water heater repair team may recommend flushing sediment, made of calcium carbonate and other minerals from your home’s water supply, from your tank as part of regular maintenance to keep water in direct contact with the heat source and avoid tank leaks. If you hear bubbling in your tank, that may be an indication that you have sediment issues that need expert attention.
Peach Plumbing & Drain: For Hot Water Efficiency, Winter Plumbing Protection, and Expert Plumbing Services
It can get cold here in Atlanta, GA, and our team stays focused on helping you get through the winter with the best energy efficiency from your hot water system. We also offer water heater repair services to insulate both your hot water pipes and others that are vulnerable to freezing during cold snaps or other seasonal challenges. Year-round, we’re your professional plumbers for everything your home needs, including new fixtures, bathrooms, and kitchen remodeling plumbing, repairs and maintenance, and plumbing inspections. Give us at Peach Plumbing & Drain a call for regular hot water heater maintenance in Atlanta, GA, and all your other plumbing needs.