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Insulating Your Water Heater for Improved Efficiency

Immediately a water heater is turned off, it begins to lose its heat. Most of this heat goes to the floor on which it is placed. To prevent this from happening, it is advised that you lift your heater from the floor by placing bricks, oak pallets or concrete blocks beneath it. To minimize the amount of heat lost by your water heater, use an insulation blanket.

The tank insulation also called the water heater blanket is what you need to help you reduce the rate at which heat is lost from your water heater. This will help you save cost and also preserve your hot water for a longer period of time. The insulators can be heavy or thin. They all have their pros and cons, but it is best if you go for the heavier ones.

How to install the insulator

Step 1: Cut the pipes and install the couplings if you want to lift an existing heater. If you don’t, skip this step.

Step 2: Ensure your water heater has a temperature and pressure relief valve. If it doesn’t, install it. The pressure and temperature relief valve are very important and you will need an emergency plumber in London to help with that. After the instalment, cover the top of the heater first with the blanket. Let the size of the blanket align with the size of the top of the heater. Hold one edge of the blanket to the top of the heater and the other on top of the first edge.

Step 3: Cover the body of the heater with the insulator, make an incision to expose the thermostat covers and heating element and then use tape to hold the edges of the blanket together.

Step4: When sealing the insulation blanket, ensure it is not too tight because the fibreglass uses trapped air for insulation.

Step 5: Cut off the excess jacket from the bottom of the tank.

Step 6: Create incisions in the top part of the water lines and the temperature and pressure valve.

Step 7: Use tape to hold the edges of the jacket on top of the heater to the edge of the jacket on the side or body of the heater.

Step 8: Finally, use longer tapes to cover the slits on the side and the top.

Note: A water heater insulation blanket is made up of fibreglass with its covering. This covering comes in a set of two, one for the top and the other for the side or body.

To avoid scalding during this process or breaking your water heater, you might consider calling a plumbing professional to help with it. With Emergency Plumber Westminster, you can rest assured that they will help with the insulation of your hot water tank at a very affordable cost.

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