Inefficient water heating systems are notorious when it comes to driving heating costs out of control. The good news is that most water heater inefficiencies can be fixed without the need for replacing the entire heating system. Here are things that you can do to help bring your hot water heating costs under control.
Check your water heater thermostat
Thermostats help to reduce energy consumption in water heaters by turning off the heating element once a certain temperature is achieved. By turning off the heating process, they usually ensure that heating only takes place only when it is necessary. This helps reign in heating costs.
However, if a water heater's thermostat is set too high, this energy-regulating role of the thermostat will be rendered useless. This is because by allowing the heater to operate at unnecessarily high temperatures, the thermostat increases heat loss to the environment. This is a problem that can be solved by simply adjusting the thermostat settings.
Remove your water heater's scale
With continued use, sulfates, silicates and other debris usually accumulate on electrodes and in the water heater tank. The accumulation of these deposits inside the water heater tank reduces the amount of water that the tank can hold. As a result, the volume of water being heated at a given time reduces, something that then reduces the water heating system's efficiency.
When mineral deposits and debris accumulate on the heating element, they insulate it. This in turn reduces the ability of the heater to effectively heat water. For the water to achieve a certain temperature, it will have to be heated for a longer period. This lead to excessive energy consumption that then leads to high energy bills.
Removing these mineral and debris deposits is the easiest way of getting rid of this problem. Simply draining the system and flushing it with clean water will get rid of a huge amount of these deposits. For stubborn deposits, you may have to manually scrape them off using a stiff wire brush. Occasionally flushing the system while scraping will lead to an effective cleaning process.
Check your hot water system piping
If your hot water piping system is unnecessarily long, it is likely losing a lot of heat to the environment. Extreme heat losses also happen in cases where the hot water piping system gets routed through a building's exterior. This is because this installation usually exposes the piping system to extremely low environmental temperatures that accelerate the rate at which the system lose heat.
To help reduce this heat loss, it is advisable that you arm your piping system with insulation. You can also replace the longer hot water piping runs with short ones so as to reduce the chances of heat loss. Doing this will improve the efficiency of your hot water system, something that will go a long way towards reducing your hot water heating costs. To learn more, contact water heater repair services.