Tips to Get My Water Heater Ready for Fall & Winter

September 21, 2022

For most people, the colder weather means it’s time to prepare their homes and families for the colder months. During fall, you want to call different professionals to inspect your home systems and ensure they’re working optimally. That means calling in a heating, roof, plumbing, and electrical expert to check different systems. 

The plumber has the considerable task of inspecting and fixing any problems arising from your plumbing system. One of the main systems they will pay attention to is your water heater. During fall and winter, your water heater will play a significant role in distributing hot water to your faucets. If not well-maintained, your water heater can break down and fail to heat water or distribute it around the house.

What Are the Crucial Things To Know About My Water Heater?

Preparing water heaters for fall requires some good knowledge about what you need to do and what to expect. You need to have basic information about your water heater, such as:

  • Know where your water heater is located in your home. Most water heaters are found in the garage or basement.
  • Conduct a visual inspection every few months for any changes and signs of leaks, damage, or rust.
  • Check the type of water heater you own. It can be tankless, solar, electric, or gas-powered.
  • Know the make and model. You can find this information in the manual.
  • Check the water heater’s lifespan in the manual. Most water heaters last between 10 and 15 years.
  • Check where the shut-off valve is located to turn off the system in case of flooding due to leakage.

How Can I Make Sure My Water Heater is Ready for the Seasons Change?

Here are a few tips for preparing your water heater for fall and winter.

Flush the Tank

Over time, sand and sediment can accumulate at the bottom of the tank, making it more difficult for the system to heat the water. Sand and mineral deposits can also corrode critical parts of the system, shortening its lifespan. Fall is the best time to empty the tank, shut off the power supply, and run a faucet for 10 minutes to lower the temperature inside the tank. Close the cold water valve and attach the garden hose to drain the leftover water into the floor drain.

Inspect the Anode Rod

The anode rod attracts elements like calcium and other minerals in the water that could stick to the inside of your tank and cause corrosion from the inside out. Check if the rod is corroded and replace it to ensure your tank doesn’t rust.

Check the Pressure and Temperature Valve

If pressure or temperature builds up inside the tank, it can cause leaks or explosions that can shorten the life of your water heater. This valve is designed to open and release excess pressure. To inspect it, shut off the water and power supply and place a bucket below the drain pipe connected to the valve. Lift the tab attached to the valve, allowing some water to escape and close. If little or no water comes out when the valve is open, replace the valve.

If you need plumbing solutions in Moreland, GA, feel free to contact Moody & McClendon Plumbing Inc. We will address any issue your water heater may have day or night. For emergencies, call (770) 251-4751.

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