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  • Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Water Heater


  • Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Water Heater

    April 19, 2019

    tips for getting the most of your water heater

    At this point in time, we just assume we’ll have hot water when we need it. Every home has a water heater, and you never have to worry about whether hot water will come out of the faucet or not – unless something’s wrong. But, as with any appliance, your water heater can suffer a drop in performance over time.

    How do you make sure this doesn’t happen, though? There are a couple of ways you can make sure your water heater remains reliable and effective, and we’ll show you how. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your water heater from the experts at Crawford Services!

    Clear Out Sediment in the Tank

    If you’ve got a tank-based water heater like a majority of people do, then you probably deal with sediment buildup inside the tank. Over time, as the tank repeatedly fills with water, little minerals and other materials in the water are trapped and start to accumulate. This causes your tank to have to work harder to filter them out, which hampers your water heater’s performance.

    Every six months or so, flush the tank completely to clear out all this leftover sediment. Attach a hose to the valve and let it drain outside in a place away from your home, and your water heater’s effectiveness will skyrocket!

    Wrap It in Insulation

    Since your water heater is designed to, obviously, heat water, there’s a lot of heat bouncing around inside it. And you can lose a lot of that heat as it escapes through the metal of the tank! When you’re losing heat without even doing anything, your water heater is going to have to work overtime to regain the heat it’s losing.

    You can prevent this, though, by investing in a water heater blanket. It’s a type of insulation specifically designed for water heater tanks, and using one will trap that much-needed warmth in the water heater and ensure you’re getting every bit of heat that you need. You can also do the same thing for your pipes that carry that water to the different parts of your home!

    Use Low-Flow Faucets and Fixtures

    Even if your water heater is operating efficiently, you can waste a lot of the warm water quickly depending on the type of fixture it flows through. Showerheads used to have a flow rate of more than 5 gallons per minute, which will zap your hot water reserve quicker than you’d even realize!

    Invest in some low-flow ones instead. If you can reduce the flow rate to below 2.5 gallons per minute, you’ll conserve hot water while not sacrificing any comfort you’re used to from a shower.

    Crawford Services: Dallas-Fort Worth’s Water Heater Experts

    When you’re searching for a trusted technician to make sure your water heater is operating at maximum efficiency, don’t look any further than the pros at Crawford Services!

    Our top-notch professionalism and no-frills service ensures that you’ll be totally satisfied with whatever job we perform. Give us a call at 214-271-8800 for more information!