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Houston Emergency Plumber – Water Heaters

According to the Department of Energy your hot water heater can account for as much as 25% of your homes energy costs. There are steps you can take to reduce those energy costs. If you are having problems with your hot water heater and you need a Houston emergency plumber now, give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing a call.

Energy Saver #1 – Wrap your hot water heater in an insulating blanket, especially if it is located in an unheated space. A fiberglass insulating blanket can reduce heat loss by 25% to 40% and save as much as 9% on the average water heater bill according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Blankets are inexpensive and easy to install ($20 to $30). When installing, be careful not to block the thermostat on an electric model or the air inlet or exhaust on a gas model. Many newer units are manufactured with interior insulating foam, making a blanket unnecessary, even hazardous. Check with your unit’s manufacturer. Do not delay if you have a plumbing related emergency that requires a Houston emergency plumber for assistance.

Energy Saver #2 – Insulate exposed hot water pipes. Like a tank blanket, insulating the hot water pipes reduces standby losses. This allows water to arrive at the tap two to four degrees warmer. This saves water, energy and money. Six foot long insulating pipe sleeves easily slip over pipe and is easily trimmed if necessary.

Energy Saver #3 – Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to cut hot water consumption by 25% to 60%. That’s a lot when you consider the average family of four uses seven hundred gallons of hot water a week. In addition, use the economy setting on your dishwasher, and wash your laundry in cold water.

Energy Saver #4 – Reset your hot water heater’s temperature. Typically, the factory set temperature on a hot water heater is higher than necessary. You save 3% to 5 % on your energy bill for every 10 degrees you turn your hot water heater down. A setting of 120 degrees is hot enough. Below 120 degrees can allow for bacterial growth in your tank however, so don’t go below 120 degrees F. If you need a Houston emergency plumber to take care of a plumbing emergency, then consider giving Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Houston, Texas a call right now.

Energy Saver #5 – Drain your tank. On an electric water heater turn off the power and water, or, if your unit is gas turn the thermostat to ‘pilot’. Connect a garden hose to the faucet at the base of the tank and place the end of the hose at your floors drain or out a window or door if no floor drain is available. Be certain your hose is long enough before you open the faucet allowing water to drain. Water should begin to drain. Most manufacturers recommend draining the tank once or twice a year. The Department of Energy recommends you drain just one quart every three months to prevent sediment build up in your tank. Sediment will adversely affect your tanks ability to produce hot water, and cause significant rises in your energy bill.

Even if your tank is a self-stirring model, most manufacturers still recommend draining sediment from your tank once per year. For tanks that aren’t self-stirring models your plumber can usually install a retrofit to your tank to reduce sediment build up. With these tips you can reduce repairs on your tank as well as save energy dollars. If your toilet is overflowing and you need a Houston emergency plumber right now, give us a call.

Tankless Water Heaters

A tankless water heater heats up water when you need it. A standard water heater holds water in its tank sitting unused, losing heat and being heated repeatedly wasting energy. Has your tankless water heater broken down and you are looking for a Houston emergency plumber to help, then contact Ben Franklin now.

According to the U. S. Department of Energy a tankless water heater will save you 24-35% of energy versus a standard water heater. Plus, you won’t run out of hot water in the middle of a shower. Generally, a gas tankless system is recommended over an electric one as the electric model requires a lot of electricity to operate and heats water more slowly.

Tankless water heaters cost a little more up front, but over time they save you more money. Newer models even have small amounts of water storage for even better operation. A tankless system saves you money on your energy bills; reduce emissions, while providing continuous hot water. It can’t get any better than that. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing has a Houston emergency plumber available twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. For all of your plumbing emergencies you can count on us.