Is your water heater secretly costing you money?
In some ways, water heaters are the command center to your home’s plumbing. They not only facilitate the flow of water to your fixtures, they enable us to wash dishes and take showers – fundamental needs to anyone’s day.
However, it’s easy to take them for granted. Because they’re outside or in the basement, most of us generally forget that they exist at all, which might be fine if they weren’t a potential liability. The problem is that we overlook their hidden costs.
Do you know exactly how much your heater affects your water bill? Here are some factors to consider that could change how much hot water you consume.
Like so many appliances, the older the heater gets, the more likely it’ll need to be fixed or replaced. It’s potentially pricey to own an old, failing tank, so if you have one, check it to make sure it’s working properly. If the model itself isn’t broken, you could still have issues with the plumbing around it. Corroded lines and pipes can negatively affect its performance.
Depending on the age, you’ll have to decide if you want to repair or replace. If it hasn’t quite hit its 10 – 13 year life span, you may want to just call a plumber to fix it. For the best hot water heater repair Los Angeles has to offer, contact Fiskit Plumbing. We’ll not only address the problems with your tank, we’ll perform preventative maintenance as well. For example, flushing it once a year can remove sediment and preserve its longevity.
In Los Angeles, water usage is a hot topic because of the drought. Whether you live in Burbank or Woodland Hills, Downtown to Santa Monica, everyone is trying to conserve water. In addition to helping the state survive, it can also fight the costs of using heated water.
Tankless water heaters have become a popular way to save water and money. They’re much smaller and space-saving than traditional tanks, but the real draw is efficiency. By heating only the amount of water needed at any particular moment, you won’t consume – and therefore pay for – wasted energy.
Additionally, they last five to ten years longer than their counterpart models, typically come with a $300 tax rebate, and have no risk of flooding, which could otherwise cause major structural and monetary damage.
Not every solution to your heater costs involves spending lots of money. There are simple steps you can take to reducing the bill. We all love taking a long, hot shower, but this is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to the cost of heating your water. An easy alternative is to just take shorter showers. You’ll consume less water, and therefore cut what you spend every month.