Energy Bills Too High? Avoid These Water Heater Mistakes

water heaterWhen you think of high energy bills, odds are you immediately think of leaving the kitchen light on or letting the HVAC system run high when you’re not home. But your water heater plays a bigger role in your energy bills than you think, and certain mistakes could be racking up your payment.

Here are two of the most common water heater mistakes homeowners make and how you can avoid them yourself to keep your energy bills low where you like them.

Not scheduling annual maintenance

You’re using your water heater every time you turn on the hot water. That means your system needs to be inspected regularly to keep it running right.

Experts typically recommend that you drain and remove sediment from your home’s water heater at least once a year. This keeps sediment from impacting your water heater’s components and ensures you have the best possible supply of hot water.

But aside from flushing your water heater annually, it’s also recommended to have your system inspected every few months. This ensures your plumbing joints are in good shape and are free from corrosion.

Setting your water temperature too high

The higher the temperature of your water, the more energy your system uses to heat that water. Think of it like your HVAC system. The colder you set your AC, the more energy your AC needs to obtain that temperature.

Raising the temperature on your water heating system is also a problem because, when the temperature is set too high, it can cause pressure inside the tank to increase dangerously. High pressure inside the tank can cause leaks and sometimes even tank failure.

Need a water heater repair?

It’s all too easy to opt for a simple fix when you need a water heater repair or water heater installation. However, if you’re not careful, you could end up making a major mistake that could cost you in the long-run.

For instance, your water pressure should range between 60 to 80 PSI. If it’s any lower than that, you could have a problem on your hands.

If you’re in need of plumbing service and repairs, Medlock Services has the plumbing specialists you need to get the job done. To learn more about our water heater repair services, contact Medlock Services today.