By performing regular maintenance on your Tampa water heater, you can reduce the amount that you pay every month on heating your water, which can translate to a significant amount over the years. These regular maintenance steps can also help your water heater to have fewer issues and last for its expected lifespan.
Lower the Thermostat on the Water Heater
Did you know that most homeowners have their water heater thermostats set far too high? Most units are set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature that can cause burns in less than six seconds of exposure. Our licensed plumbers in Tampa recommend reducing your water temperature to 120 degrees. This temperature is far more comfortable and safe, and it will reduce the amount of energy your tank has to use to get water to the appropriate temperature.
It is worth noting that not all water heater thermostats read temperatures accurately, especially on older models. You may want to test the temperature of your water before moving your thermostat to ensure that your water is heated to the temperature you want.
Drain Sediment from the Tank Every 3 Months
It is natural for Tampa hot water heaters to build up sediment, especially calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate is a mineral that is naturally present in water, but it separates from the water during the heating process. This builds up on the bottom of the tank and makes it more difficult for your water heater to heat the water. Our plumbers encourage you to drain roughly a quart of water from your tank every three months to remove the sediment build-up. You should fully drain your tank every two years.
Insulate Exposed Pipes and the Tank
You can keep your hot water at its hottest by insulating the pipes that bring it to you. Any exposed hot water pipes should be insulated with foam insulation to reduce heat loss. You can also insulate your hot water heater if it is an older model. Ask one of our Tampa plumbers about whether your water heater would benefit from added insulation.
Check for Leaks
A leaky hot water heater is wasting energy to heat water that drips onto your floor. You should check your water heater once a month. Check the faucet to the heater to make sure it is not leaking. If you find a leak, call The Pampering Plumber immediately. Leaks may be a sign that your water heater needs replacing or repairs.