Water Heater Best and Worst Practices

Water Heater Best and Worst Practices

Water Heater Best and Worst Practices

Having a functioning water heater is vital when it comes to keeping your home cozy during the winter. The last thing you want to wake up to on a cold winter morning is a cold shower when you are expecting a calm and relaxing hot shower.

Keeping your water heater happy can be a painless and relatively straightforward process, but sometimes we notice homeowners take actions that can only cause problems down the line.

Our team at Total Comfort Solutions, LLC has tips you can use to keep your water heater in good condition with little to no problems!

Temperature Control

Taking care of your water heater is not too hard if you know what to do, and thankfully we are here to teach you! The best thing you can do for your water heater is to set the temperature to 120°F .

Often we notice that homeowners set their water heater far too high, which can be a risk for children and other members of your family with sensitive skin, as scalding hot water causes burns. We recommend keeping the water at 120°F because it is a more comfortable temperature to safely shower and bathe.

Note that setting your water heater temperature below 120°F can result in some issues with bacteria growth, as some microbes will survive lower temperatures. Unless recommended by a professional or if someone you’re living with is immunocompromised, you do not need to have your water heater set to 140°F.

Sizing and Space

When installing a new water heater, make sure that your water heater fits your home! We are not talking about visual appeal; we mean literally if the water heater physically fits the space. We have often seen homes where homeowners attempted to install water heaters that could not fit or were cramped alongside other fixtures.

Your water heater needs space to avoid creating potential fire hazards. You want to allow for your water heater to be at least eighteen inches away from potentially flammable objects, and this space makes it easier for you to clean your water heater.

DIY? DI-Don’t

Improperly installing a water heater, you can run into potential fire hazards, pay excessive energy bills, and spend a lot on repairs.

One size does not fit all when it comes to water heaters. We suggest bringing in professional help to measure the area you will be placing your new water heater.

Getting an improperly sized water heater can lead to hot water issues that can end up costing you more in repairs in the future. Call your local plumber when you’re ready to install a new water heater and they will help you select the right sized water heater for your home.

Don’t Skimp On Repairs.

Much like the previous tip, we notice that some DIY homeowners can skip out on repairs for their water heater. Skipping out on repairs can end in you gambling on a heavy loss.

Skipping on repairs will not only lead to water heater malfunctions like sediment build-up or inconsistent water temperatures, but you can have worn down components. Water heaters that go without regular maintenance will have shortened lifespans, and instead of getting several years out of your purchase, you will have a system that will need extensive repairs and possibly total replacement.

The best time to call is not when you notice the problem has gotten out of hand; it is before the trouble starts. Preventative care is always the best course of action when it comes to your plumbing.

Total Comfort Solutions

At Total Comfort Solutions, LLC we know how overwhelming dealing with a water heater can be for new and longtime homeowners when you call our team at (509) 956-4764, we are happy to help answer all your questions about water heaters, and are more than glad to help find the solution that’s best for your water heater!


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