There is no other time of the year that your water heater works harder than when the temperatures start to drop. During the fall months, your water heater starts to endure a lot of wear and tear due to colder temperatures. And, as soon as the winter months arrive it really takes a beating.
Your water heater heats water from the inside, using a heating element that is usually ignited using electricity. When the weather outside starts to get cold, the water inside of the water heater tank is cooled from the outside. This means that the heating element has to work that much harder to keep the water inside of the tank hot. Being without hot water during the winter can be a serious inconvenience.
The mild temperatures in the fall, make it the perfect time to get your water heater prepared for the cold weather. And, here are some steps that you can follow to make sure that your water heater doesn’t fail this winter:
- Check the pressure valve. All water heaters have pressure relief valves installed that work as a safety precaution. If for any reason the tank on your water heater becomes to pressurized, the pressure valve will engage and release.
- Flush the tank. Over time, a build-up of sediment accumulates at the bottom of your water heater tank. This sediment will cause clogs and will reduce the efficiency of the heating element. Have your water heater flushed periodically to avoid this.
- Wrap your water heater. An insulated blanket wrapped around your water heater can help to reduce the amount of cold that gets to the water from the environment. This ensures that the heating element only has to work as much as possible and reduces the amount of wear on your overall system.
Your water heater is extremely important to your household members and to your daily tasks. During the winter time especially. Make sure to follow these simple tips for keeping your water heater working properly all year around.