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The infrared image on the right shows that the outside of this hot water tank is 125 degrees. Something has clearly gone wrong!
The infrared image on the right shows that the outside of this hot water tank is 125 degrees. Something has clearly gone wrong!

The infrared image on the right shows that the outside of this hot water tank is 125 degrees. Something is clearly wrong!

Conventional wisdom says your water heater has to be hot – how else would it transform cold, incoming water into the stuff hot showers are made of? But conventional wisdom isn’t always wise, and this little truism comes with an important caveat: your hot water tank should only be hot on the inside.

Something has clearly gone wrong with the hot water tank pictured here. In a perfect world, the heavy metal shell is separated from an interior water tank by a thick layer of insulating material like polyurethane foam. In this case, there must be a break in that insulation, because the outer tank is registering 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Ouch!

Energy Advisors have the tools and building science expertise to recognize problems like these and to engineer solutions that will make your home more comfortable and energy efficient – and stop wasting your money. Midcoast Maine homeowners working with Evergreen typically cut their energy bills by 25-50% and rest assured that there are no building science problems lurking in the basement.

Contact Evergreen Home Performance at 594-2244 to schedule your FREE energy consult and learn more about your home today.