Protect Yourself & Your Budget This Holiday Season
Believe it or not, saving money during the holidays is possible!
At J.R. Bolton, we know water heaters inside and out, which is why we’re the go-to company for water heater installations in Gwinnett County. We also want to help save you serious cash by avoiding these costly water heater mistakes!
Mistake #1: Tuning Out Your Water Heater’s Cry for Help!
Are there strange noises coming from your water heater? If so, don’t ignore them! Loud popping, hissing or banging noises are your water heater’s way of telling you that it needs your attention. Often, these noises indicate there’s severe sediment buildup in your water heater tank.
Sediment buildup forces your water heater to work harder to heat the water in its tank, leading to more frequent cold showers and higher energy bills. At J.R. Bolton, we can help remove this sediment by flushing the tank.
You should have your tank flushed once a year. It also should be flushed if you notice any of the following signs:
- It’s taking longer to reheat your water.
- There’s rattling when your unit is operating.
- Water pressure isn’t as powerful as it used to be.
- Sediment is visible in your hot water.
Not only will flushing your tank put an end to your unit’s strange noises, it also will:
- Increase your unit’s energy- and cost-efficiency
- Lead to longer-lasting hot water—even during heavy usage
- Generate more powerful flow for your water
- Lower monthly energy bills
- Minimize the need for repairs
- … And more!
Call us to schedule water heater maintenance today!
Mistake #2: Setting the Water Temperature Too High
The more, the merrier, right? Not when it comes to your water heater’s temperature. The more you crank up your water heater’s temperature, the more energy it uses to produce hot water for your home—and there’s nothing merry about that! Also, when your water temperature is too high, it can cause the pressure inside the tank to rise to dangerous levels, which can lead to leaks that put your safety and your budget in harm’s way.
So, what is the right temperature for your water heater? Well, the Department of Energy considers any temperature over 120 degrees too high for most households. Unfortunately, some water heater manufacturers ignore the DOE’s recommendation, selling water heaters preset to 140 degrees when installed. This 20-degree increase can cost you an additional $30 to $60 annually! We can make sure your new water heater is set to the proper temperature for you.
Mistake #3: Operating an Aged Water Heater
As a water heater ages, its efficiency decreases. So, with every year that passes, your water heater must work harder and use more energy to meet your hot water needs, which can boost your energy bills. If your system is at least 10 years old, that’s when it could significantly affect your budget. This is when you should consider replacing your water heater. A new, more efficient system will save you a bundle.
Here are some clear signs it’s time to replace your water heater:
- It’s 10 or more years old.
- Your hot water consistently turns icy cold before you finish showering.
- Your water heater is making odd noises.
- Your energy bills have jumped significantly.
Contact J.R. Bolton Today!
Another mistake you don’t want to make is not calling J.R. Bolton for your water heater needs. Schedule your tank flushing, tankless water heater maintenance or water heater replacement in Gwinnett County with Georgia’s water heater experts by contacting us online or calling us at 770.268.2010 today!