Getting Your Hot Water Heater Ready for Winter

November 12, 2021

There’s nothing better than a warm shower or bath on a cold winter day. You don’t want your hot water heater breaking down in the middle of winter. That’s why it’s important to properly prepare your hot water heater for the colder temperatures.

Wondering what to do to get your water heater prepared for cold weather? It’s actually quite simple.

Read on if you’re interested in learning more about how to prepare your water heater for the long winter ahead:

  • Adjust the thermostat: We recommend setting your water heater’s thermostat to around 120°F. Avoid turning up your thermostat too high. This will only increase your energy bills and the potential of getting scalded during your next shower. Don’t let your water heater add to those extra energy costs that most people experience in winter.
  • Keep the tank clean: It’s important your water heater works as efficiently as possible in winter. To ensure this, clean out the excess sediment and calcium buildup from inside your tank. Before draining the tank, turn off the gas, water and power supplies. Then attach a hose to the drain valve. Place one end of the hose in a spot where the water can drain for a few moments; then simply open the temperature pressure regulator valve and drain valve. It’s best to drain a hot water heater tank one to two times a year. If you’re worried about draining the tank on your own, contact a local plumbing service.
  • Reduce heat loss by insulating the pipes: Properly insulating your pipes will help avoid excessive electricity and gas usage. It also helps keep pipes from freezing during the winter. You can pick up foam pipe covers at most hardware stores. Simply wrap any exposed sections of cold and hot water pipes with these covers. Notably, newer hot water heater tanks have insulation already installed.
  • Schedule an inspection: The best way to ensure your hot water heater is ready for winter is by calling in an expert. A professional will check your water heater for any issues that might affect its efficiency. Having a professional inspect your water heater is a great way to catch small problems before they become large ones.
  • Pick the right place to have your water heater installed: It’s important to plan where you’re going to put a water heater before having it installed. Installing it somewhere warm could help prevent the possibility of freezing issues. A reputable plumbing service provider will offer the best advice when it comes to placing your hot water heater. It’s best to avoid installing a hot water heater on your own. Working with a professional will ensure a safe and efficient installation.

Don’t let improper maintenance cause your water heater to break during the height of winter. If you don’t have the time or experience to provide your water heater with the maintenance it needs to get it ready for colder weather, be sure to contact a plumbing expert.

At Moody & McClendon Plumbing Inc., we provide top-quality service at fair prices. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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