A consistently high water bill can be a significant worry as you consider not only how to pay the bill, but what’s causing it. A sudden increase in your water bills can be a particular cause for concern, as it may indicate a leak. You may be wondering if your water heater could be the culprit behind your higher than usual water usage and bill. Here we look at some of the ways a water heater might contribute to a high water bill, and what you can do to correct the issue.
A Leaking Water Heater Tank
Leaks from your water heater tank can contribute to higher water usage and a higher water bill. Signs of water heater leaks include water pooling under your water heater, excess condensation or dampness forming near the water heater, or mold and mildew growth near the water heater. It’s also important to remember that a water leak from your water heater tank may not be easily visible – the insulation around the tank can hide water leaks. If you suspect a leak from your water heater but can’t identify the source, call an experienced plumber for a professional inspection.
Leaking Fixtures and Fittings at the Tank
Fittings and fixtures that connect to the water heater can also age and deteriorate over time, allowing leaks to arise. Check fittings and connections leading to and from the water heater, as well as valves such as the water heater shut off valve and the temperature-pressure regulating valve. Even small leaks from these connections and valves can add up to hundreds of gallons a year. Be aware that a poor connection could also mean that the fittings on the water heater may be corroded or worn out. Trying to adjust corroded fittings yourself could lead to breakage of the connection, and subsequent flooding of your home. If you notice corroded fittings, it is safer to call a licensed plumber to provide the necessary repairs.
Excessive Piping Line Between Water Heater and Outlets
Whether you use a tank water heater or an on-demand water heater, you most likely have to run your hot water for a minute or two before it gets hot. While this may not seem like a lot of water wasted, running your shower for just one minute waiting for the water to warm up wastes 2 gallons of water. Multiplied by a four-person household with each person taking one shower a day, that’s almost 3000 gallons of water a year wasted. The best way to minimise this loss is to ensure that your hot water pipes are adequately insulated, so hot water stays hot while it’s traveling to your faucets and showers
Water Heater is Malfunctioning
If your water heater is clogged with sediment, inefficient, or poorly insulated, it’s likely that you’re using more water than you need at a higher pressure to get the ‘hot water’ you want. Don’t put up with an inefficient water heater. Choose an on-demand system for a water heater replacement that helps you save water and electricity for lower utility bills.
If your water bills have jumped and you’re not sure why you might want to look into whether your water heater is the culprit. Talk to your local plumber, Magnificient Plumbing about a plan to troubleshoot your high water usage, and implement a strategy to conserve water and lower your water bills.