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Spikes in Your Utility Bills? Your Heater May Be the Culprit

Hot Water System in TaurangaSmart Tauranga homeowners have started to implement many energy and water saving tactics in their properties, such as investing in tank and plumbing insulation, low-flow fixtures, and energy-efficient appliances.

However, when you have done all of these already and you still have received higher-than-usual utility bills, you should take this as a sign your entire water heater itself may already be the problem.

What’s wrong with your heater?

There is much energy- and water-use issues involving hot water systems, but the most common is one that does not produce adequately-heated water. Another common problem is a system that takes a lot longer to heat up the water. Then, there are also those units that have heating consistency issues. You may also experience all these plus an apparent lack of water coming out of the taps or showerheads.

What happens when these problems develop?

They may be different in nature, but they share the same result: a boost in your household’s energy use, leading to an increase in your electricity bills. In many cases, the lack of water from taps and showerheads also increases your water consumption, and for a reason, you’re probably not aware of a leak somewhere in the system.

As for the increase in energy consumption, this usually results from a person’s natural response to turning the temperature setting higher, especially when the issue is insufficiently heated water or when the unit takes longer to warm it up. Note that the higher temperature you set your thermostat on or the longer you need to wait for the unit to heat up the water, the greater the amount of energy it needs to use, thus, increasing in your electricity bill.

What should you do?

Once you experience these issues, you have two options: contact a Tauranga hot water systems specialist for thorough inspections and possible repairs, or have your existing one replaced with a better-performing and more energy-efficient unit.