Are you tired of getting a water, electric or gas bill that’s way more expensive than it should be? One culprit of your rise in utility costs could be your hot water unit. Out of all the appliances in your home, your water heater is one of the most used and most energy draining. The costs continue climbing when the temperature outside starts to dip below freezing, as your unit will struggle to keep the water at the right temperature. If you’re noticing an extreme and sudden surge in energy use, it might require a water heater repair or water heater replacement to see a true change. However, many well maintained units aren’t necessarily damaged or broken, they simply aren’t working as efficiently as they could. At Neighborhood Plumbing, we help residents and businesses in Pittsburgh, PA area communities take control of their plumbing systems, and we want to help you do the same. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you improve water heater performance, and put more cash back in your pockets.
There’s no reason to make your water heater work harder to keep your warm water flowing freely. Having a well-insulated tank and hot water pipes will make it easier for your water heater system to maintain a consistently hot temperature, especially in the colder months of the year. Many new models already come with insulated tanks, if you have an older unit, you may need to purchase a water heater insulation jacket.
Over time, water heater tanks start to accumulate sediment. When this debris settles at the bottom of the tank, it makes it more difficult to get the water warm, because it must work through the layers of debris. This problem can be remedied by regularly draining and cleaning your tank.
Scheduling an annual plumbing inspection will help identify any problems that might be occurring with your water heater, in addition to discovering other potential issues with your plumbing system as a whole. Finding out about trouble areas early can help you stay proactive, and take care of any needed repairs or replacements before any major consequences develop. You’ll be made aware of any loose hoses, water heater leaks or pipe leaks that might be causing issues.
New tankless water heater units give you access to instant, on demand hot water, without consuming as much energy as conventional tank varieties. They come in both gas and electric varieties and can be mounted on the wall or behind a cabinet, and so take up much less space. You’ll also save money on repairs and maintenance services overall, because On Demand water heater units are generally longer lasting.
The licensed and insured plumbers at Neighborhood Plumbing are proud to provide water heater repair, water heater replacement and new water heater installation in Pittsburgh, and all nearby communities. If you’re ready to take the next step and improve your water heater performance, call our office and schedule an appointment with a certified plumber near you.