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Minnesota
Natural Gas Water Heaters

From cleaning up for a family meal to relaxing in a hot bath at the end of a long day, you rely on a safe, reliable supply of hot water for many everyday activities. Today's natural gas water heaters represent an extraordinary value in performance, reliability and operating costs, making them the preferred choice of homeowners.


MAINTAINING YOUR WATER HEATER
Maintaining water heater

Natural gas water heaters are so reliable and easy to maintain that most people never think about their water heater, even though they use hot water several times a day. However, all water heaters need periodic care to extend their operating life, save energy, and maintain their efficiency rating. Use the following as general guidelines, but follow manufacturer's recommendations whenever possible.

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CONTACT A PLUMBING PROFESSIONAL
 Contact a plumbing professional

You should contact a plumber when your water heater is not working properly.

Signs include:

A gurgling noise when the burner is on is a sign of sediment buildup, which can damage your water heater.


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SHOPPING FOR A WATER HEATER

Shopping for a water heaterWhen shopping for a new water heater for your home, you should choose a water heating system that will not only provide enough hot water to meet your family's needs, but that is also energy efficient to save you energy and money.

Here are some things to consider when shopping for a water heater:


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Energy efficiency and rebates
  • The purchase price of a high-efficiency water heater may be higher for a more energy efficient model, but you will usually regain that extra cost and more in energy savings over the life of the unit. Look for an ENERGY STAR ® qualified model and save even more energy.
  • CenterPoint Energy offers rebates up to $100 for high-efficiency storage tank models or a $200 rebate for an indirect water heater installed with a condensing boiler 91percent AFUE or greater.
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ENERGY SAVING TIPS
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The best way to reduce energy use for water heating is to use less hot water.

  • Take short showers rather than baths.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead, which can substantially reduce the amount of hot water used per shower. Learn more about CenterPoint Energy's FREE low flow showerhead and faucet aerator program.
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SAFETY AND YOUR NATURAL GAS WATER HEATER
 

Never use or store flammable products such as gasoline, solvents or adhesives near a water heater or any other natural gas or electric appliance because vapors from water heater flammable liquids can ignite.

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SAFE WATER TEMPERATURES
Safe water temperatures

Turn your water heater to 120 F to save energy and avoid scalding.

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