Water heating Tips 1.) Install aerating, low flow faucets and shower heads. 2.)Repair leaky faucets promptly: a leaky faucet can waste gallons of water. 3.)Insulate the first 6 feet of hot and cold water pipes connected to the hot water heater. 4.) Drain a quart of water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. Follow the manufacturers directions. 5.) Although most water heaters last 10 to 15 years its best to start shopping now if yours is over 7 years old. Doing some research before your fails will enable you to select one more appropriate for your needs. If you are having problems with your water heater, are looking to become more efficient or are preparing for a new water heater installation call the experts at Charter Oak Mechanical. We serve Manchester CT, South Windsor CT, Tolland CT and all surrounding areas for water heater repair and replacements.