When is the last time you thought about your water heater? What’s that you say? Never…wait…wait…I know – the last time you thought about it was the last time it didn’t work. That is pretty typical, but there are some things you should be mindful of when it comes to the safety and efficiency of your water heater.
WATER HEATER DO’s and DON’TS:
DO set the hot water temperature for 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
DO NOT set the hot water temperature above 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
WHY? Well, mostly because you don’t want to scald yourself or (if you set it much lower than 120 degrees) wait forever and ever for the water to be warm enough to bathe with, so just stick around 120 – you can go up to 140 if you really feel you must but 120 should be just fine.
DO insulate your water heater to improve efficiency.
DO NOT make contact with the flue when insulating an older unit with a fiberglass jacket.
DO flush your water heater about once a year through the drain valve to remove sediment build up, this helps lengthen the life of your water heater.
DO NOT allow plaque and sediment to build up in your tank over years and years of neglect.
DO keep the area around your water heater free and clear of household materials, but especially…
DO NOT keep any combustible material within 18 inches or so of the tank.
DO set the water temperature to its lowest setting when leaving for an extended period of time – or even put it on “vacation” mode. This will not only save you money, but also helps reduce the possibility of any problems occurring while you are gone.
DO NOT leave children unattended around a water heater. I know, I know, when you were a child you used your Moms water heater as a mountain to climb…
DO test the safety relief valve at least once a year to ensure it operates properly. This safety device protects the water heater from over pressurizing and also from exceeding 210 degrees Fahrenheit.
DO NOT wait to call to call for professional help if you notice your water heater is not working properly and especially if you notice a leak.
When it comes to the do’s and don’ts of things you want to make sure that you DO call at the first sign of trouble and you DON’T wait for things to get really bad before seeking professional help. Lots of people wait because they do not want to spend the money to fix something, but end up spending more because they waited! Carmine’s is here to help you with all your heating, air and plumbing needs. Call us to today at 203-791-8089.