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9 Things You Never Knew About Your Water Heater

1. The typical water heater holds 40 to 60 gallons of water.

2. The inner steel holding tank normally has a bonded glass liner to prevent rust from entering the water supply.

3. The normal temperature of water sitting in a water heater is suggested to be between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, especially with seniors or children living in the home.

4. Each 10 degree reduction in your water temperature setting can cut the cost of the heater’s energy consumption by as much as 3 to 5 percent.

5. A leaking water heater usually means the glass liner is cracked. Replacement is your only option to avoid a complete break and possible flooding.

6. A dripping water heater is the beginning sign of a leak. The only option is for replacement.

7. A water heater uses the “Heat Rises Principle”. As cold water enters the water heater, it remains at the bottom of the tank. As it heats, it rises to the top.

8. Most water heaters have a life of 10 to 15 years. Your plumber can tell you how much life it has left if you’re approaching the 10 year mark.

9. A hot water recirculation system saves many gallons of water. Plus you get the added bonus of instant hot water.

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