If you’re like us, you’re already looking forward to
morning. Waking up to the soft morning light and the
scent of coffee,
anticipation and joy are palpable throughout the
house. A warm glow envelops
That is, until someone takes a shower…
Whether it’s a dreaded and all-too-familiar
morning ritual or a result
of too many houseguests, nobody likes a cold
shower. Fortunately, American
Mechanical, Inc. is here to help. If your water
heater has turned a cold
shoulder, give us a call and sign up for our
American Mechanical Home Care Agreement
(trust us, it’s worth it).
In the meantime, here are a few tips to get you
through those chilly December mornings:
You’re not smothering me.
Insulating the tank and pipes of your hot water
heater could be your saving
grace if you’re expecting company this winter.
Wrap the tank in
an insulating blanket (yes, that’s really what
Smothering your heater will not drive it away, but
will instead reduce
heat loss by 45% and the cost of water heating by
I need discipline.
Your water heater’s efficiency and longevity may
if you set it to maintain a consistent
temperature. For every 10º
you lower it, there is a 5% energy savings.
Set the temperature once, and leave it alone
unless you’re leaving
down. Then turn the dial to the “Vacation” setting
right?) to lower the power used while you’re gone.
Can we start over?
Sediments build up in your tank over time,
clogging the system and generally
decreasing efficiency. This dirt settles on the
bottom and if left unchecked
for too long, can cause permanent damage to your
Draining the sediment is a quick task that is best
performed once a year
to keep your water heater running at top
Beauty is only tank-deep.
Your water heater may look fine on the outside,
but what’s going
on beneath that smooth metal exterior? Open it up
and take a peek inside
to ensure that all is as it should be.
The anode rod dangles inside the tank, preventing
rust. The rod needs to
be replaced every 1 – 3 years. You’ll be able to
it’s time if the rod has a lot of exposed steel
wire, is covered
with calcium buildup or is less than 1/2 inch
thick. Remember, a new anode
rod ($10 – $30) is far cheaper than a new water
We hope you, your houseguests and even your water
heater have a happy holiday
season, and a wonderful new year!