Your water heater is an integral part of your home, but few homeowners think much about it until it suffers a major breakdown. When it comes to environmental issues with your water heater, Phoenix AZ makes the problem even worse. Our strong heat and dry conditions can wreak havoc on even the most reliable water heater, creating larger issues that require professional attention to address. You can help combat this by keeping your heater well maintained and exercising a few simple steps to improve its performance.
Here’s how to increase your water heater’s efficiency.
- Arrange to have your water heater drained. Over time, scale and sediment can build up in the bottom of your water heater. This forms a barrier between the water and the burners – making it harder to heat the water – as well as contributing to overall corrosion and decay. A trained professional can drain the water heater and remove the build-up before restoring the heater to its normal operating capacity. In towns like Phoenix, it’s probably best to do this at least twice a year, since our dusty weather results in a lot of sediment.
- Add more insulation to your water heater. Placing a layer of insulation around your water heater – as well as around the pipes that connect it – will help the water inside retain the heat better. You can contact a service technician to ask about the types of insulation that work best for your heater, and to have the insulation installed.
- Lower the water heater’s setting. Most manufacturers set their water heater temperatures higher than they need to be, sometimes by as much as 10 or 20 degrees. Set your water heater to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit; it will still get you the heat you need and improve overall efficiency a great deal.
Once you know how to increase your water heater’s efficiency, the next step is to contact a professional who can help you maintain it. The experts at The Sunny Plumber can perform repairs and maintenance on the water heater in your Phoenix AZ home. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!