Three Maintenance Steps To Take When Installing A New Water Heater

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A failing water heater can cause all sorts of problems, from higher gas bills to colder showers. Replacing an old, dying water heater can alleviate many of these problems, but while you're spending the money to get an entirely new heater installed, it's a good idea to take a look at some other components to make sure everything is in working order. Taking these extra maintenance steps now is more efficient, and has the added benefit of potentially saving you money in the long run.

Get Your Home's Plumbing Inspected

With a new water heater, you should see some savings on your monthly bills, as it will require less energy to heat your water. To ensure you make the most of this energy efficiency, you should make sure all your pipes are in working order. Any leaks can both increase your water and gas bills by requiring your heater to turn on more, and decrease how much hot water you actually have available.

A plumber or contractor can take a look at all of your faucets, sinks, drains, and other components, but they can also check your water meter to make sure that there are no leaks anywhere on your property. If all of the water is off in your home, but the water meter still indicates running water, that's an issue worth getting checked out before you start regularly using your new water heater.

Make Sure The Power Source Is Ready

Whether your new heater uses gas, propane, or electricity, you should make sure your home's current infrastructure can support your new heater. Now's the time to make sure the circuit your heater will be on can handle the load and is stable, or to see if the gas lines are all in good shape. Not only can old and damaged utility lines or pipes waste energy, but they can be dangerous, too. If your old heater has been in use for a decade or more, it's especially important to at least do a cursory check to make sure there's no wear or damage that needs replacing at the same time.

Learn Your Heater's Options

While you always have the option of turning your water heater on and letting it do its job, it's helpful to learn how all of its options work, and to verify that it has been installed correctly.

For example, many new water heaters have a "vacation" mode, which will use less energy if you're going to be away from home for a few days. Knowing how to use these settings, rather than setting and forgetting, will not just help save money, but help you spot any potential problems early. This is also a good time to learn how to turn the heater on and off in case you need to restart it yourself, and a good time to learn how to shut off its power source if necessary.

Finally, check the temperature and water pressure settings on your heater. The recommended temperature for water heaters is 120 degrees, but many by default run at 140 degrees. What's more, some heaters may have the pressure set to a higher PSI than you actually need. You can find the recommended PSI on the heater itself, so it can be helpful to make sure that when your water heater was installed, the settings were also adjusted accordingly.

For more information, check out websites like https://rapidfirstplumbing.com.

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