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Water Heater Safety

water heater safety

Water heaters are a major household convenience that many people rely on every single day. Although water heaters remain unseen most of the time, it is important to keep in mind that they need regular maintenance for optimal efficiency and safety reasons. Check out our blog for water heater safety tips that you can use to keep your water heater running smoothly and your family and home safe.

Water heaters should be properly sized for your home.

Water heaters should be properly sized for your home, in order to meet your household’s hot water needs and to operate more efficiently. If you have not considered what type of water heater might be best for your home, learn about all the different water heaters that Bob’s Heating has to offer. You can go to to figure out how to size each type of water heater. In order to get the most accurate results for your home, it is always best to consult a qualified contractor.

Set water heater temperature at 120° F.

According to, water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. It is recommended to turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (up to 120°F) to not only save energy, but to avoid scalding. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) pins the ideal balance between safety and comfort at a setting of 120 °F as well. Scalding injuries from hot water are a risk to all ages, but children and the elderly are more likely to be affected.

Keep the area around the water heater clear.

It is important to keep the area around your water heater clean and free of combustible and flammable material. Flammable and combustible products are used for a wide variety of purposes and are commonly found in the home. Some of these items include gasoline, paint solvents, lighter fluid, dry cleaning agents, oil, spray paint, propane, alcohol, and nail polish. Storing flammable substances in the vicinity of a water heater can trigger a fire.

Know how to turn off your water heater.

In case of a water heater dilemma, it is a good idea to know how to shut off the water and the fuel or power supply to the water heater. This is especially important in the event of an emergency or if your water heater is leaking. There should be a gas valve or a disconnect switch within a few feet of the water heater.  As for the water shut-off, most shut-off valves are located above the water heater on the cold side piping. Knowing how to shut the water off can make all the difference when you have water leaking or if you smell gas and have to act fast.

Trust Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs top-of-the-line water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces and other systems that provide comfort and the highest indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. At Bob’s you will only find qualified expert technicians dedicated to providing the best service. Additionally, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call now (800) 840-3346 or click here to schedule your appointment today!

Fall Furnace Tips

Fall Furnace Tips

Fall season is here, which means it is that time of the year to schedule preventative maintenance to make sure your furnace is running smoothly throughout the colder months. By performing regular preventative maintenance and scheduling an annual inspection, you can extend the life of your furnace and limit expensive repairs. Check out our blog for the following fall furnace tips to keep your furnace in tip-top shape this season!

Fall Furnace Tip #1 – Change the Air Filter

It is always a good idea to change your air filter regularly (around every 90 days). By keeping your air filter clean, you will have more efficient heating, save on utility bills as well as extend the life of your furnace. Bob’s Heating offers high quality air filters as well as an Annual Filter Replacement Program, so you can automatically receive a new filter every 90 days. Sign up for our filter replacement program here!

Fall Furnace Tip #2 -Check Your Thermostat

The thermostat controls both the heating and cooling systems of homes by detecting the temperature of the room and comparing it to the desired temperature setting. If you are setting your thermostat to a certain temperature, but still feel uncomfortable temperature-wise, then there is most likely a problem with the thermostat. Leave it to the experts and submit an online request here.

Fall Furnace Tip #3 – Schedule an Annual Furnace Check-Up

One of the most important things that you can do for your furnace is to schedule an all-encompassing annual tune-up. Having your furnace inspected and cleaned by a professional will ensure that your system is running smoothly and safely this fall. Bob’s Heating offers annual maintenance plans and Trust Certified technicians who will diagnose any problems or system failures, perform preventative maintenance and ensure that your equipment is operating at its peak efficiency.

Fall Furnace Tip #4 – Test your Smoke Alarms

One last fall furnace tip – remember to test your smoke alarms! Certain furnace problems such as insufficient combustion air around the furnace, can lead to fire hazards. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that of all reported household fires, only about half (52%) of homes had a working smoke detector in the house. Just as you would with CO detectors, it is important to test all the smoke alarms in your home and replace old batteries with new ones.


Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs furnaces, air conditioners, and other systems that provide comfort and increase indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. We offer air conditioning and gas furnace repair and maintenance by expert technicians dedicated to providing only the best service. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call us at (800)840-3346 or contact us online.