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Your Hot Water Heater May Be Causing Your Energy Bills to Increase

A well-functioning water heater will provide you with hot water on demand. However, this does come with a cost. While using your hot water heater will increase your energy bills, you shouldn’t notice a substantial impact on it if you use a consistent amount of hot water each month. If your energy bill has recently spiked despite your water usage remaining the same, you may be experiencing one of the water heater problems mentioned below.

A Leak

One of the biggest culprits of an increased energy bill is a leaking water heater. Even a slow leak can cost you a lot of money if you don’t take care of it quickly. You may be able to spot a leak by inspecting your water heater. If you see water pooling around it, rust around the base of the water heater, or water damage on an adjacent wall, your hot water heater may be leaking.

Incorrect Heater Size

If your water heater isn’t the correct size, this can increase your energy bills. Water heaters that are too small won’t be able to keep up with the demands of your household. Water heaters that are too large may be producing more hot water than you actually need. A plumber from Evenflo Plumbing can help you determine if your current water heater is meeting your needs. If it isn’t, we can replace it with a hot water heater that will better meet the needs of you and your family.

Old Age

An old water heater won’t run as efficiently as a new one. It can use a lot of energy and cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Even if it’s still functioning properly, it is still a good idea to go ahead and get it replaced. You will find that a new water heater is able to produce hot water a lot quicker than your old one, and it will use less energy.

Wrong Temperature Setting

A lot of Corvallis, OR residents don’t realize that a plumber can adjust the temperature of the water that comes out of their water heater. You may enjoy a nice hot shower after a day exploring Siuslaw National Forest or Jackson Frazier Wetlands, but there is such a thing as too hot. If the temperature is set too high, your energy bills will increase, and you could potentially scald yourself. Fortunately, this is an easy fix, and many plumbers can adjust the setting in just a matter of minutes. Most people don’t even notice a difference after the temperature of their hot water heater has been adjusted.

If you have been noticing an increase in your energy bills, your hot water heater may be the culprit. Contact us today so that we can inspect your hot water heater to determine if it needs to be repaired, adjusted, or replaced.

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