Written on: May 3, 2021
Did you know that about 10% of the fires started by home heating systems stem from the home’s water heater? According to the National Fire Protection Association’s recent home heating study, this is the case, so it’s important to know what to do to keep your home and family safe when it comes to your water heater. Using a water heater requires a bit of time for learning, but it’s well worth it. The tips in this article will help you understand some of the best ways to stay safe while the water heater in your Western New York home is in use.
Keep flammable items away from your water heater.
Stay safe from a flashback fire, and keep anything that could ignite away from your water heater. This includes oily rags, cleaning or painting supplies, and other household chemicals and materials.
Get your water heater tuned up every year.
Keeping up with annual maintenance is important and necessary in order to keep your water heater running as efficiently as possible. Our technicians can identify small problems before they become major issues, which saves you time and money in the long run. Regular maintenance can also protect you and your family from a dangerous situation, if a repair is in order.
Understand how to fully turn off your water heater.
In the event of a gas leak, it’s important that you know how to shut down your water heater. Your owner’s manual should include those instructions, but if you don’t have it, you should be able to find these details online. And of course, we’re here to help! Contact us with questions.
Don’t allow debris to collect near your water heater.
Having a clear area around your water heater at all times is critical for proper ventilation and so your pilot light and assembly can work properly.
Keep us informed.
If your water heater is not running well, please let us know right away. We know many of you love to try fixing devices and equipment on your own. In the case of your water heater, however, it’s important to leave this work to the team of professionals at Hometowne Energy.
Be ready to consider an upgrade.
Water heaters that are not running efficiently and require repeated service calls are often due for an upgrade. The good news is that the latest systems are safer and more energy-efficient than they’ve ever been. And with a new water heater, you’ll see an immediate improvement on your bills!