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Everyone likes saving money on their utility bills. Affordable Service has a few tips on how you can save money on your water heating bill! And with Albuquerque and Rio Rancho’s dryer climate, these tips benefit our cities too!

Use Cold or Warm Water

It may not seem obvious, but when you stop and think about all the places in your home that you use hot water, the more you’ll start to notice where you can cut back on its usage. A good example of this is while you’re doing dishes. You’ve probably been using hot water to clean your dishes in the sink. But using cold or warm water while busting suds will suffice just fine, especially if you’ll be loading those dishes into a dishwasher. If you have a recirculating pump, adding a timer to it can help you save money on your water heating bill. A recirculating pump installed on your water heater will return any unused hot water back to the water heater. With a timer, it will allow you to set it to shut off automatically at night or while you’re at work.

Replace Old Appliances

On a similar note, washing machines and dish washers more than a decade are most likely not energy-efficient. Newer models use less water and are far more energy-efficient!

Don’t Take Baths

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to take a hot bath to relieve soreness or have some “you” time. But, making baths part of your regular bathing can use dozens, if not hundreds, of gallons of hot water! Your water heater will need to be completely refilled and that takes time and energy. The best way to save money here is to limit your bath tub time and use a water-efficient, low-flow shower head. Also, there isn’t a law stating that you can’t bring your rubber ducky into the shower!

Upgrade your Water Heater

Older water heater systems lose their heating elements over time, plain and simple. Older units tend to not retain heat as well as they once did. Newer models tend to be more energy efficient. This may seem like a large expense instead of a tip to save money on your water heating bill but making the investment could save you money in the long run. If this is the route you decide, you could also consider a tankless water heater system. Tankless water heaters produce an infinite supply of hot water and only use energy when hot water is needed. So, you’ll use less energy and save yourself some money on your water heating bill


Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling services Rio Rancho, Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. Call us today and we can help you with servicing your existing water heater or replacing it. We can help you save money on your water heating bill. Visit our website to schedule a free estimate today!

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One of the most unfortunate things to happen to you in the shower is a sudden absence of hot water. No one wants to be cold and shivering in their shower. While a cold shower will certainly help wake you up in the morning, it’s not the most preferred method of doing so. That’s why Affordable Service wants you to know how your hot water heater works and what kind of maintenance it requires. We can help you avoid that sudden, freezing cold shower!

Your water heater is a water storage tank that is usually found in the garage, laundry room, or utility closet in your home. Your water heater will use electricity or gas to heat water at a specific time. Then it will use inlets that will distribute hot water to the various utilities or appliances in your home such as the shower, dishwasher, laundry machine, etc. Affordable Service can assist in water heater installation.

Your water heater needs space and ventilation to work properly. Vent placement is paramount as vents will allow the release of gases, particularly carbon monoxide. When having a water heater installed, it’s best to call the professionals at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling to ensure everything is done properly.

Another thing to check for a healthy water heater is to have the water heater flushed. All water heaters come equipped with a temperature pressure relief valve (T&P Valve). This valve will open if too much pressure builds up and will prevent damage to your water heater. If it hasn’t been tested in years, your water heater may start leaking. It’s best to have a certified professional check your relief valve once a year and have them replace it every three to five years.

A few things that you can do to maintain your water heater yourself include testing the temperature relief valve, cleaning your water heater tank, and checking the burner. These tasks only need to be done once per year. You should also check and possibly replace your anode rod every two to five years. Affordable Service services Rio Rancho and Albuquerque and we’d be happy to help you with any water heater maintenance or repair.

You may walk by your water heater every day or you may not even see it at all if it’s in a utility closet, but it is certainly not an appliance you should ignore. Maintenance is simple and if you read the owner’s manual, water heater maintenance is substantially cheaper than having to buy a brand new one altogether. You can extend your water heater’s life just by servicing it annually.

If you don’t feel comfortable performing these tasks yourself, we recommend calling Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling to ensure your water heater is performing efficiently and keeping your costs low. Call us today at 505-891-8907. We service Rio Rancho and Albuquerque. Call today!

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Examine Your Water Heater

Your water heater may be perking along quite nicely, but there are hidden issues that you need to take very seriously. Some you might address yourself; some may need the help of the experts at Affordable Service Plumbing and HVAC.

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