How to test if water heater is running electric bill up?


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Old 12-19-13, 09:27 PM
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How to test if water heater is running electric bill up?

Small house, one occupant. 40gal electric H2O heater. The electric bill has gotten a good bit higher than normal and I am looking for possible cause. Haven't checked water heater yet but will this weekend.

This is a small house with only one person and is located in SC. The water heater is located in a closet inside the house.

I plan on testing the elements this weekend to see if maybe either are bad, mainly the bottom one but I an wondering if you have any advise on what else I should be testing also. Thanks
 
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Old 12-19-13, 09:33 PM
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You could have a slab leak... You on a slab?

With all water off in the home check the water meter and see if the dial is spinning...

Is so turn off the heater water inlet valve and see if the meter stops.

Let us know.
 
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Old 12-20-13, 06:24 AM
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Old 12-20-13, 07:37 AM
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I plan on testing the elements this weekend to see if maybe either are bad, mainly the bottom one
A bad element won't increase your electric bill, but any hot water leak will. I'd follow the advice from Lawrosa.
 
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Old 12-20-13, 08:10 AM
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The water going into the tank is a lot colder in December, then in July and will require a lot more electrical energy to warm it up during the winter months.

You may know this, but you would be surprised how many people don't.
 
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Old 12-21-13, 02:25 AM
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I have not checked for a hot water leak yet but I will today. Lawrosa asked if I was on a slab. The answer to that is no. I can check under the house though.
 
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Old 12-21-13, 07:42 AM
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I have not checked for a hot water leak yet but I will today. Lawrosa asked if I was on a slab. The answer to that is no. I can check under the house though.
The same principle still applies, a hot water leak will run up your electric bill.
 
 

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