Hudson Valley Hot Water Heater Repair, Installation and Service
Water heating is the second biggest energy consumer in the average home, second only to space heating. Any measures that can improve the efficiency of your hot water heater, or help you to use less hot water are definitely worth your time and money. Today’s hot water heaters are far more energy efficient than those manufactured even a few short years ago.
Hot Water Heater Repairs
No hot water or you’re finding your hot water is not hot enough? Have you found water leaks around your water heater unit? Our professional plumbers specialize in the repair and service of all makes and models of water heaters, including gas, electric and tankless water heaters.
Hot Water Heater Installations
Count on Go Green Express Home Services as your contractor to install your new or replacement hot water tank. We’re committed to helping you find the right hot water heater that suits your needs and budget. We’re also here to make sure that no matter what direct or indirect water heater we install, it’s always working safely and efficiently so your home comfort is 100% worry free!
We offer a wide selection of makes and models for hot water tank installations. You may want to consider a tankless water heater. They provide the latest technology and energy savings. Tankless water heaters heat water by activating a set of coils that become hot when the unit is turned on. They conserve energy by only heating the amount of water needed at a given moment and by heating the water only at the time it is needed.
Consumer Hint: Because of their interest in conserving stretched energy resources, utility companies sometimes offer cash rebates and other incentives for consumers to invest in higher efficiency systems. Allow us to check with your power company to see if any such opportunities are available to you.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 866-491-2768 today!
Lower Your Water Heater Thermostat and Save!
Your hot water heater is one of the biggest energy wasters in your house or business. That is why one of the often-repeated ways to save on energy costs has to deal directly with your water heater or tankless water heater. Since the water from your water heater is used primarily for keeping yourself and your belongings clean, there is no need for you to use water that is heated to 150 degrees Fahrenheit or above. However, most elements on electric water heaters are pre-set to at least 150 degrees. Not only is this high temperature dangerous, but it is also a waste of energy and money. We recommend setting your water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
To do this, first turn off the power to the water heater (most power sources are located at a master fuse box). Next, remove the cover plate that conceals the lower thermostat. This will reveal a covering of insulation. Behind the insulation is the thermostat. Locate a seam in the insulation and pull it back. This will reveal a protective covering over the thermostat. Remove the protective covering and adjust the temperature on the thermostat to120 degrees by turning the screw with a screwdriver. Repeat the procedure for the upper element on the water heater. Replace the cover plates and turn the electricity back on.
The setting of a gas fired boiler or gas furnace is a little more complex. This kind of water heater only has one element and the temperature control is in plain sight on the outside of the unit. However, the temperature dial is not calibrated for degree settings. Usually it is labeled with something like Low, Normal, Extra Hot. In order to get the proper setting, use a cooking thermometer and determine the present temperature of the water. From here, it is simply a game if hit and miss until you find either the 120 or 140 degrees mark. This could take a lot of patience and even a couple of days to get right, but will be worth your trouble.
The Department of Energy suggests that lowering the setting just 10 degrees will save 6% of the energy used in heating your hot water. If the setting is reduced to 120 or 140 degrees, you could save up to 18% more.
If you run into problem in resetting your system, or would prefer to have a professional technician do it for you, call us at 866-491-2768 to set up an appointment.
Drain Your Hot Water Heater Regularly
Another way to save with your water heater is by draining it on a regular basis. Unless you have soft water, it is important to drain a couple of gallons of water from the bottom of your water heater at least two times a year. This is because hard water deposits can collect on the bottom of your water-heating unit, surround the heating element and reduce efficiency. This amounts to a layer of insulation around the element, which forces it to work harder to heat the water. However, by simply draining a couple of gallons, you will wash out any deposits and allow your water heater to operate more efficiently.
Water Heater Timers
Have you ever considered the idea that you are paying to keep the water in the tank at a high temperature all night long? You will be able to save a great deal by investing in a timer for your water heater. Since most of today’s water heaters are of the fast recovery type, and since the water in the tank will retain most of its heat through the night anyway, set the timer to turn the electric water heater off, somewhere around the time you normally go to bed. Then set it to come on again between a half hour and an hour before you get up. This should give the water heater enough time to bring the water temperature back the few degrees it will need to reach its normal temperature.
Installation of the timer is straightforward, and it will pay for itself in a relatively short period of time.
Insulate Your Hot Water Heater For Savings
An additional way to save with the water heater is by insulating the entire tank. There are two ways to accomplish this energy saving performance. You can purchase the fiberglass blanket insulation and some duct tape and insulate the unit on your own, or you can buy a retrofit kit. Both will work about the same, although, in the end, the kit will probably look more pleasing to the eye.
If you have an electric unit, insulating your water heater will pay for itself in about one year. If it is a gas unit, it will take two or three years. It is a one-time investment and studies have shown that the insulation will outlive the water heater and can be used again if you need to replace your present unit later on.
If your water heater is gas fired, the Department of Energy recommends that you use the kit. This is only a recommendation and you can insulate your unit without the kit if you don’t insulate the top or bottom of the heater. In insulating a gas fired water heater, it is crucial to keep the air intake ports at the bottom of the unit clear of insulation, and keep the exhaust flue at the top clear as well. The extra insulation added to a gas fired or electrical water heater will serve to help keep water warm for longer periods of time.