by Lambert Plumbing and Heating in Vancouver on August 29, 2014

Learn How Water Heater Maintenance Can Help You Save Money

 

Water Heater Maintenance1. Get a heat trap professionally installed or upgrade your water heater to one that already uses heat traps.

Heat traps are basically standard on newer water heaters. If you have an old water heater, you can talk to a professional about whether or not it makes sense to add a heat trap to your existing water heater. If you do some cost-benefit analysis and crunch the numbers, you can get a pretty good idea whether it makes sense to do that or whether it makes more sense to simply upgrade to a newer model entirely. A professional plumbing service can help you determine which option makes more sense.

2. Do most laundry loads using cold water.

Of course, for serious dirt and grime or oil stains, you may need to use hot water to properly break up the dirt. But if you have a desk job and your clothes are just not that dirty, many loads can safely be washed using just the cold water cycle. Also, even if you wash using hot water, you can rinse using cold water.

3. Take shorter showers.

Yeah, I know, it is tempting to just stand there and let the water massage your neck and back and soothe your pains away and keep you warm. But consider getting those things via some other methods and think of your shower as just about getting clean. Then be disciplined about getting in, getting clean, and getting out and not composing the next great American novel in your head while the shower runs.

Water Heater4. Learn to use your dishwasher efficiently.

Do not turn it on until it is actually full. Learn to stack dishes such that you can fit in a lot of dishes without interfering with the washing process. When possible, use shorter wash cycles. If your dishwasher has this feature, activate the booster heater so you can turn down the water heater itself without compromising the cleanliness of your dishes. If it is too inefficient, consider upgrading to a new one.

5. Consider replacing your washing machine with a newer, more efficient model.

Washing machines have changed a lot over the years. If you have an older model, you might be surprised at how much better newer models can be. Start with doing some research into the features your current model has and compare it to what is available on the market today.

Looking for water heater services in the Vancouver area? Call (604) 734-0890 today for quick and effective services from Lambert Plumbing & Heating professionals. 

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