A Water Heater Maintenance Tip

You bought the home and now you’re living in it. Here’s 15 things your home would have liked to tell you about energy efficiency at home before you moved in. If only homes could talk, they would share some energy efficiency details that you might really like to know.

Depending on how hard or soft your water is, sediment can build up quickly. This will cost the unit’s efficiency and lifespan. Sediment is created when hard water is heated and too much of this can void the warranties ptc heating element especially in commercial water heaters.

Heavy Duty Grille – Avoid – Another commercial building application, the greater the foot traffic the higher the odds of someone smashing in the front grille of your wall heater. Unless you have a hotel dolly rolling around your home you more than likely don’t need the added cost of a heavy duty front grille.

If you’re boondocking, or otherwise camping without hookups, then consider doing this mod with a custom installed gas-fired tankless water heater. These units do an excellent job at providing instant and sustained hot water, and can be used to supplement or completely replace the standard RV water heater. There are a couple of very important things to consider before doing the mod though. The first is the venting requirements. Like your RVs heater, the tankless heater emits CO2 when the burner is on, and the CO2 needs to be vented outside the RV. Three inch tubing is a minimum and should be exhausted through the roof or side wall with the appropriate tubing and vent cap.

It is very important that these type of cylinders be maintained properly. They should be properly installed to avoid any safety hazards. The valves must be tested once in a year. Sediment that is collected at the bottom of the hot water cylinder should be drained out.

They can be seen at restaurants and cafes all over the world. With mass production of the mushroom heater, they have now become very cheap and very accessible. Local department stores and outdoor living shops always have them in stock in winter. They are a great addition for warming an outdoor courtyard or patio. They are quite affordable to purchase, or there are companies that do hire out the heaters for events or offer long term rental agreements.

For smaller areas, you may want to give the Mr. Heater Little Buddy a look. The Little Buddy uses the smaller disposable 1 lb. tanks, and has a directional head at a 45 degree angle. Unlike most propane heaters, the Little Buddy is safe for some indoor areas, like patios, workshops, and campers. If the unit is tipped or if it senses a low oxygen level, automatic sensors will kill the heating element. Priced at $69 and available at retail stores like Target, the Little Buddy is a low-price entry model for portable heating.

Now you’ve got peace of mind in the assurance that you’ve done what you can to prolong the life of your water heater, and cut down on your electrical or gas utility bill.

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