Plumbing - Water Heater

Your hot water tank is located in your basement/utility room and provides all hot water that is distributed throughout your home.

Care and Maintenance Tips

Draining Tank

  • To reduce the risk of sediment build up and promote efficiency in your water heater it is recommended that the appliance be drained once per year.
  • For electric water tanks, sediment buildup will eventually damage the heating elements inside the tank.
  • Gas hot water tanks will lose their efficiency because they heat from the bottom of the tank.

Energy Tip

  • Set the temperature setting so that when you have your shower turned to full hot it is slightly above your preferred temperature. When the temperature setting is too high, you have to mix in cold water to lower the water temperature, which wastes energy to boil the water. Water at 130°F is hot enough to scald you.
  • Fix leaky faucets. Every 30 drops per minute from a hot water faucet costs you around 18kWh/mo with an electric water heater.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.