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How to Insulate Your Water Heater

Are you looking for quick, inexpensive ways to save money on your home
energy bills? One of the easiest ways you can save money (besides keeping
the lights off for the next month) is by insulating your water heater.
Save energy; keep money in your wallet.

Water Heater

Check the Tank

If you’re unsure whether or not your water heater's tank is currently
insulated depends on its age and R-value. Newer tanks are almost always
insulated, but any that are more than just a few years old with an R-value
that’s less than 24 – insulate the tank. Doing so will save you
up to 15 percent in water heating costs. Most insulation blankets can
be purchased for roughly $20 and will easily save you more after the first
few months.

Step-By-Step Guide

  1. Before you do anything, make sure the water heater has been turned off.
    For electric models, turn off that specific circuit on the main panel.
    For gas models, shut off the gas line leading into the fixture.
  2. Next, cut the blanket to fit the size of your water heater. However, make
    sure you leave the top portion open so it doesn’t cover the top
    of the unit (especially on gas models).
  3. Temporarily tape the newly cut blanket onto the tank so it stays in place.
    Cut out spaces for all of the panels, valves, pipes, and leave a space
    between the bottom of the blanket and the burner.
  4. Once all of the spaces have been cut out, tape the blanket in place on
    the tank. Make sure all of the valves and panels have enough room to breathe
    and then you can turn the water heater back on.

Insulating your water heater will take less than an hour of your time and
will save you money each and every day. When your water heater needs repair
or replacement, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.

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