It is even more of an inconvenience if it happens when it is cold outside.
Now that the summer months are winding to a close and it is time to be thinking about the fall weather – this is the time of year to make sure that your water heater is working well and won’t fail you during the cold weather season.
Regularly scheduled water heater maintenance is an essential part of keeping your household functioning properly. There are few chores that get done around the house that do not require the use of hot water.
Use these tips to keep your water heater working properly and efficiently this fall:
- Go to your favorite home improvement store and purchase some low-flow fixtures and an insulated blanket. The fixtures should be installed in your bathroom to minimize the amount of water that is used and, the blanket will help to protect the tank from losing heat. When you wrap the tank with the insulated blanket, you help the tank to hold the water inside of the tank and keep it hot for as long as possible.
- Look around your water heater tank for signs of leaking or damage. If your water heater tank is leaking, you could be losing a lot of money and water. Not to mention the damage that will happen from a small leak when the cold weather arrives and the water heater has to work even harder. It’s best to get these situations under control when the weather is warm outside.
- Take a look at the thermostat on the outside of your water heater. Make sure that it is set to no higher than 120F. This is the optimal temperature as recommended by the US Department of Energy. If you can, consider turning your thermostat down even lower. For every 10 degrees that you turn the temperature down – you will save more than 3% on your monthly power bill.
Use these tips to keep your water heater well-maintained and in top condition. When the cold weather arrives, your water heater will need to work even harder than it does now so it is important to be ready for that.