Q: Replacing my older water heater isn’t in the budget right now. What can be done to make it run efficiently?
A: There are several easy and inexpensive ways to increase a water heater’s efficiency and longevity. Some things like adding insulation and setting the temperature have to be done only once. Others, such as flushing the tank and checking the anode rod, should be done annually.
The benefits of caring for your water heater are clear. Adding insulation reduces the heat loss by up to 45 percent and can cut as much as 10 percent off water-heating costs. Flushing sediment from the tank improves efficiency and longevity. And making sure a viable anode rod hangs in the tank will help prevent its inside from rusting out. A used-up rod is far cheaper to replace than a new heater.
Call a professional hot water heater technician to get your hot water heater looked at and serviced properly.