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Plumbing Ignorance is Not Bliss

Posted on May 23, 2017

Quick, when was the last time you even looked at your water heater? For most people, they don’t care about it as long as they get hot water when they turn on the faucet. In some cases, your hot water heater might be hiding where you don’t even see it. But, did you know it’s likely the 2nd largest energy user in your home?

Your water heater can easily cost you $700 or $800 a year. General Air Conditioning & Plumbing thinks it’s time we all pay more attention to where that money is going.

If you want to cut your hot water bill, you have 3 basic choices:

  1. Use less hot water in your home. It’s not as hard as you think. Start by using cold water to wash clothes instead of warm or hot. Energy efficient dishwashers and washing machines can help. Install low-flow shower heads and take shorter showers. Make sure to fix any leaky faucets.  According to, a faucet dripping once a second wastes hundreds of gallons a year. Money spent to heat that water is going down the drain.
  2. Make your current hot water heater work more efficiently. If it doesn’t have an insulating blanket, buy one. It can pay for itself in a year or less. Check the temperature setting. The hot water heater should be set to “warm,” or 120°. There’s no good reason for your water to be scalding hot.
  3. Replace your current system with a new, more efficient hot water heater. Most homes have a tank-style gas or electric water heater. It’s an insulated tank usually holding 50+ gallons of water.

The General plumbing experts want you to know about the many options available. You might want to consider a tankless water heater. It heats the water as you use it and doesn’t have to keep the entire tank hot all day, every day. If you decide to go tankless, the General recommends the Navian brand.

Your hot water heater is just one small part of your plumbing system. Just like your HVAC systems, your plumbing requires regular inspections and maintenance by a professional, licensed plumber. The General provides complete plumbing services including, but not limited to:

  • Drain cleaning
  • Water heaters
  • Water softeners, filtration & purification
  • Toilet repair
  • Garbage disposals
  • Re-pipe
  • Video inspection

Just remember, “out of sight and out of mind” is not a good motto when it comes to water heaters or plumbing services. It could end up costing you a lot of money. Call the General!