No one wants to spend more than they have to on energy bills. However, you may not have a choice if you’re not using your water heater the right way. Also, you can expect the equipment to perform poorly because of this. Here Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC, your local heating and AC repair company, takes a look at costly water heater mistakes you need to avoid.
Setting temperatures too high. Setting your water heater to a higher temperature than necessary will cause the equipment to consume more energy. In addition, it will also increase the pressure inside the tank, causing leaks that can be very costly to fix. According to the Department of Energy, the temperature of the water heater shouldn’t exceed 120°F. Always check the unit to see if it’s the right setting and adjust accordingly.
Ignoring loud noises. Any strange sound—popping, hissing, banging, rattling—produced by an HVAC unit is an indication that something has gone wrong inside it. In the case of your water heater, this could mean there’s a heavy buildup of sediment inside the tank. Minerals collecting on the bottom and sides of the tank trap small pockets of water. As the water heats up into steam, the bubbles erupt violently from underneath the sediment buildup, causing the loud popping sounds. Call a water heater repair technician right away if you encounter this problem.
Disregarding maintenance. Like any other heating and cooling equipment, your water heater should also undergo regular inspections and repairs. Scheduling annual maintenance helps ensure its long-term performance and efficiency. Otherwise, the water heater may deteriorate early on in its lifespan, leading to increased energy bills, expensive repairs and possibly even premature replacement.
Turn to Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC for your HVAC needs. We take pride in addressing just about any water heater issue you might encounter. Our team of certified technicians can install, repair and replace water heaters and other heating and cooling systems. To learn more about AC repair costs, call (203) 378-4700 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.