Once you have set up a system to heat up water in your home, it’s always good to ensure that it works efficiently, so that it keeps your energy costs at the minimum, while still providing you with the heated water you need. To keep your heating costs low, here are some tips to follow:
- Reduce the temperature
- Check the T & P Relief Valve
- Perform a Mini flush
What exactly do you need to do? For the temperature setting you want to take a look at see just how hot your water is. Some homeowners have the temperature set at a higher setting, which can be quite expensive on your utility bills. You want to manage your setting to about 115 to 120 degrees. This will be able to provide you with adequate temperature for cleaning dishes and other things. The temperature setting is pretty easy to find as it is just a small dial that is attached to the gas valve. Most water heaters have it visible in the front near the water drainage area of the water heater.
T & P Relief Valve
The T & P relief value needs to be checked to maintain a properly working water heating system. The lever is typically located on the side of the water heater where your water pipe feeds the heater. Usually this is toward the back or side of the water tank. To ensure its working, you will need to carefully lift up on the lever about half way and then let it go. This will cause it to snap back into place. When you do this, the tube will make a noise and some of the water will go to the drain tube. This simple test shows you that your water heater is maintaining accurate pressure. If your water heater did not make noise or release water, contact a professional to come and replace your lever and to check on your water heater.
Over time water will start to become dirty inside the water heater. It is quite common for sediment to form in the bottom of a water heater, which can lead to rust and of course contaminated water. It is important to clean out the bottom of your water heater to keep the water in your home clean and safe. Start by grabbing a bucket and placing it under the drain valve. Now you will use the handle to drain the water heater. You do not need to remove all of the water as a few gallons should suffice to show you if you have some sediment that is filling up the bottom of your tank. As long as the water is clear, your water heater is doing great. If you notice any sediment coming out, contact a professional to test your system. They may need to clean it or you may need to replace the water heater.
To schedule your home’s water heater check-up, contact Black Diamond today 801-771-1510!