Ways to Save Energy and Water

These days many of us, plumbers included, are looking for ways to save on energy and water bills. Try as you might, it will be difficult to manage when most people don’t know that their water heater takes up %17  of their home’s energy. That is more than all of your other appliances combined. Today, IRC Plumbing is offering these tips and tricks we found  to lower the energy and water consumption of your water heater.Lucien Rizio - IRC Plumbing Vero Beach Water Heater Repair

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“Modify the temperature

Modifying the temperature on your hot water heater is quick and easy to do. According to the Department of Energy setting your hot water heater at 120 or lower can help you save more than $60 a year on your utility bill. You can also turn off your water heater if you are away on vacation to conserve energy.

Add Insulation

Most new hot water heaters are insulated. If you have an older water heater, consider adding an insulation blanket to help reduce heat loss. If your tank feels warm to the touch, this could be an easy and cost effective addition.

Check for leaks

Do a quick check of your sinks, showers, toilets and the hoses outside. Make sure your washers and gaskets are tight. The most common cause of a leaking toilet is often the inexpensive, rubber flapper. Check for wear and replace if needed. Remember plumbers have professional grade products that often last longer than store bought parts.

Consider upgrades

Consider water saving and energy efficient upgrades. Many new faucets, shower heads and toilets are low flow or have water conservation features. These are easy to upgrade on your own or with the help of a professional plumber. There are also new energy efficient options for water heaters.

For more information on ways to save water and energy with your plumbing, go toenergy.gov/articles/askenergysaver-home-water-heating.”

The only exception to these hints is this. Here in Florida, it may be better to leave the water at 125 degrees. We are happy to meet with you and check out your water heater and offer you options.

Lucien Rizio

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Leak Detection

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We talked about having an undetected water leak in your home, and how we can find it quickly using our leak detection device, but what can you do yourself to detect a leak?

  1. If you suspect a leak, the first thing to do is shut off all your faucets, showers, the water valve leading to your washer, and your toilets and check to see if your meter continues to run.
  2.  If you have a well on your property, check to see if it is running constantly.
  3. If you don’t have water gushing into your house, send someone outside to where your meter is located. Flush the toilets one at a time, wait until the tank fills back up, then check to see if the meter is still running.
  4. If water is pouring out, locate the main water shut off for your home and shut that off and call us.

Because water doesn’t always puddle at the source of a leak, if your leak is not one you can find quickly using any of the above methods, IRC plumbing has Leak Detection Equipment which takes the guess work out of finding leaks.

We have been in the plumbing business here in Indian River County for enough years that we can tell where some of the more common sources of leaks will be, but sometimes leaks are sneaky and they occur in less obvious areas. The most difficult leaks to pinpoint can be leaks in your slab. That is why we have made the investment in Leak Detector.

Leak detectors use sound to detect where a leak is coming from. It is actually more complex than that, but you don’t need the details, you just need to know that we know how to read the information that comes from our Leak Detection Equipment in order to diagnose and ultimately repair whatever leaks are causing you problems.

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Water Heater Efficiency Changes — Be Prepared

If your water heater is over 10 years old, it is time to change it.

There are big changes coming April 16, 2015 to the water heater codes. The water heaters have to be more energy efficient, which equals higher costs for the heater and for installation.

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The new water heaters are also reportedly going to be approx 2″ bigger in length and width because of increased insulation. That means there’s a chance they won’t fit in the space where the old water heater was. Homeowners might have to move the heater to another part of the house, go tankless or purchase a smaller one with less capacity.

Our recommendation is to get your older water heaters changed out before the deadline so you need not worry about it for the next 8-12 years. Hope this was helpful and  call if you have any questions.

 

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Water Heater Reviews from our customers :

 

Review by: A. S.

Work Description: 40 gal. hot water tank + updated pluming connections

Great work. Very reasonable price. Had a hot water tank replaced. Very courteous. I know my plumbing, but the last time I installed a water heater was in 1972 when I was 19, so I was happy IRC saved my time at a great price & high quality tank!
~A.S.,Vero Beach

 

Review by: D. M.

Work Description: Replace and move water heater in garage

Lucien has an “old school” work ethic; and in these days it is hard to find. He takes pride in his work and it shows. He is competitive with his pricing, and honest with what needs to be done. He will sell and fix only what you need. Lucien is not a pushy salesperson…he is a plumber who stands behind his work.
~D.M., Vero Beach, FL

 

Review by: S. S.

Work Description: Replace Hot Water Heater

REVIEW:

Christmas night my hot water heater started leaking heavily and flooded my garage. The supply shutoff valve didn’t work so I had to turn the water off to the house. Afterwards, I started looking on the internet for Brevard County plumber reviews. I found a site that I could search for plumbers to repair or replace my water heater. Within minutes, Lucien from IRC plumbing contacted me to help resolve my problem, even though it was Christmas night and was cutting into his family time. I described the problem to him, sent him a couple pictures via text message, and he immeidately explained my options, repair vs. replace, and quoted me a price. I chose to replace the heater based on his assessment and explanation. We discussed the different heaters available and I chose the brand I preferred. The next morning he went to the distributor and sent me a picture of the water heater to ensure it was the one I wanted. He showed up at my house shortly afterwards with the heater and everything he needed to do the job. Lucien was prompt, curteous, and very knowledgeable. He upgraded my hot water heater to a larger model, put it in a pan so that it wouldn’t rust out like the previous one had, and replaced the supply valve with a higher quality valve. The job turned out to be more work then he had originally thought, due to the location of the pipes, however, he still did the job for the price he had quoted on the phone the previous evening. Lucien did an outstanding job and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a reliable, quality plumber in Brevard County. Thank you Lucien for the work that you do, and for being the person you are. We will definitely call you in the future for all of our plumbing needs.

~Steve, Vero Beach, FL

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Water Heater Tips with Coupon

Extending the life of your water heater can be accomplished with a few simple tasks and a quick inspection of your water heater a few times a year.

Electric water heaters typically have an expected life of 10-15 years.  You can usually find the date of manufacture in the first 4 digits of the serial number.

To inspect your water heater, start at the top and look for any signs of leaking, rust, or corrosion. A leaky tank is a red flag.  Leaks are typically caused by corrosion from the inside of the tank.

Check your shut off valve to ensure that is it functioning and not leaking.

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Shut Off Valve

Inspect the drain valve at the bottom of the tank.  Check for leaking.

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Drain Valve

It is common for sediment to accumulate at the bottom of your hot water heater. Draining this sediment/debris on a regular basis will help keep your water heater running efficiently.  A build up of sediment can result in a loss of available water, can block the transfer of heat to the water and potentially clog the drain line making it almost impossible to drain. It is a simple process that only requires opening the drain valve and allowing the water to drain until it runs clear, typically after 4 or 5 gallons.  To do that simply connect a garden hose to the drain valve located at the bottom of the tank and open valve.  Remember that with an electric water heater, you must turn the power off, because even a partial drain may expose the upper heating element to the air and permanently damage it!

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Both gas and electric water heaters have a safety device called a pressure relief valve. To check this valve simply lift the metal handle.  There should not be any leaks and water should run through.  In the event that the tank overpressurizes, the relief valve opens and releases the pressure. If the valve doesn’t operate correctly, the tank can overpressurize and explode.

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Pressure Relief Valve

The water heater temperature should be between 120-125 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher than 130F increases risk of scalding, especially for children and elderly.  Temperature fluctuations are caused by a faulty component or a mineral/sediment buildup.

Confirm a drain pan is positioned under the tank, especially if on or over the floor of living space.  This will allow a forewarning should your tank develop a leak.

If you need any help with any of these steps or are in need of a new water heater or repair, call us!

IRC Plumbing

772-696-3747

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Review: Water Heater Replacement

Very pleased with service. Lucien kept in constant contact and work was performed as promised. I would highly recommend him and I will definitely call them again for any plumbing needs.”

V. C., Vero Beach

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