Winter & Your Water Heater
Different seasons put different strains on the major systems in your home. Summer works your air conditioner, then winter bears down on your heater. But one system that can get ignored during the changing seasons is your water heater. In this article, we'll go over a list of things you can do to help your water heater this winter. That way you can make sure that it’s running its best through the winter.
THINGS TO CHECK
TEMPERATURE AND PRESSURE VALVE (T AND P VALVE): Water heaters have a safety device called a Temperature and Pressure relief valve. If the tank overheats or overpressurizes, the T and P valve opens to relieve the pressure. If the valve doesn't work right, the tank could rupture or explode. That's why it's a good idea to check the T and P at least once each year.
THE ANODE ROD: An anode rod is a sacrificial metal rod that sits inside your water heater. It protects it from the corrosive minerals in your water. Your anode rod attracts those minerals and breaks down instead of the tank. If your anode rod dissolves, the minerals will go back to attacking the tank. That makes it important to check it every year to see if you need to replace it.
THINGS TO DO
FLUSH THE WATER HEATER: Gravity pulls sand, minerals, and other sediments down to collect at the bottom tank. That sediment layer insulates the water and makes heating it take longer and need more fuel. It can also take up a lot of space, leaving less room for water to heat. A regular flush can solve a lot of those problems. In fact, keeping up with your flushes can sometimes double its lifespan!
SCHEDULE MAINTENANCE: Doing any one of the things listed above will help your water heater work better. But the way to help it work its best is to do them all at least once a year. You can try to do your regular maintenance yourself or you can call a licensed plumber to take care of it for you. Either way, keeping on top of it can save you thousands and help you enjoy these cold days a lot more.
As you try to stay cozy this winter, don’t forget your water heater! If you’d like a hand with your water heater maintenance, Any Hour Services would love to help. One of our licensed plumbers can work with you to make sure your water heater is working at its peak. You can give us a call or schedule an appointment online.
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Author: Nathanael Stuver
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Nov 22nd 2023