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We run across water heaters with insulation blankets on a regular basis, but they are generally not needed. In fact, newer tanks (like 10 years old or newer) have more insulation in the tank and don't need the extra outside wrap. Plus, most of the manufacturers state that it voids the warranty if the tank is wrapped.
Why do people use them? Typically they are trying to save money. The thought is that the tank loses heat, the blanket prevents some of that heat loss, and the home owner then pays a little less in heating costs. Good in theory, if you have an older tank.
So, why do we not like the blankets? They can hide signs of problems, like leaks and corrosion. This is especially important to monitor if the tank is near the end of it's use and could experience tank failure. Plus, if the tank is old it is probably full of sediment, which is a bigger concern than potential heat loss.
Bottom line, if the tank is old enough to consider an insulation blanket, you could actually save more money in the long run by replacing it instead.
One common concern among buyers, sellers, and home owners alike, is the hot water tank. We want hot water to be available at all times, but we do NOT want that tank to fail. Because if it does, there are 40-50 gallons of water coming out. And that's a problem.
While it's great to consider a tank-less system when it's time to replace your hot water tank, that might not be a cost-effective solution right now. However, there is something you can do right now to help make an existing tank a little bit safer, and thankfully it's pretty cheap.
Install a water-sensing alarm, like shown below. If water enters the pan, it starts beeping. This alarm gives you a little time to call a plumber before your hall or garage is flooded. While you will still need to replace the tank, at least you won't have to also repair flood damage!
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