Don’t Be Left Wet and Cold Because of a Bad Water Heater

Too often, we don’t realize anything is wrong with our water heater until we’re in the middle of a shower. Don’t let icy water catch you unaware. Like other appliances, water heaters need regular maintenance.

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Here are some things you can do to extend the life of your water heater.

  • Adjust the thermostat to 120 degrees. You could save up to 5% in energy costs for every 10 degrees you lower the temperature, plus you’ll reduce the risk of scalding.
  • Always maintain 2 feet of clearance around the appliance unless the manual specifically states otherwise.
  • When leaving town, adjust the thermostat on gas heaters to “vacation” setting, which maintains the pilot light without heating the water.

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How Do I Know When to Replace My Water Heater?

As a general rule of thumb, if you’ve spent at least half the cost of a new water heater on repairs or your water heater is more than 10 years old, it’s time to replace your unit. However, if you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, our technicians may recommend replacing a less-efficient unit with one that heats better and uses less energy.

Breathe. We’re here to help you find peace of mind with clean, comfortable air - and water - in your own home. We are Aire Serv.