Nobody wants to spend more money than they have to on their electric bill, but if you don’t use your water heater properly, you may end up doing just that. Incorrect use of water heaters is a common cause of spikes in energy usage in your home. In today’s post, we’ll share three common water heater mistakes that may be costing you money.
Mistake #1: Setting the Temperature Too High
This is probably the biggest mistake that homeowners make when it comes to their water heater. Remember, the higher the temperature setting, the more energy it will expend. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the recommended temperature setting for water heaters shouldn’t exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mistake #2: Ignoring Strange Noises
If you ever hear loud popping noises or unusual hissing sounds coming from your water heater, then you should call a technician right away. These sounds usually indicate sediment buildup in your heater’s tank. Sediment buildup creates a barrier between the water and the heating element, making your water heater work that much harder and leading to higher energy bills.
Mistake #3: Not Scheduling Preventive Maintenance
As a general rule, your water heater should be inspected thoroughly at least once a year. If you neglect routine maintenance, it can lead to sediment buildup, corrosion and general loss of efficiency. During a scheduled check-up, a professional will inspect all your heater’s components to ensure there are no issues and flush your tank to get rid of any sediment.