Is your water heater prepared for the upcoming winter? The chill in the air the other morning as I was starting my day came as a surprise. It seemed like it was just yesterday that we had temperatures in the low 90s and high 80s. Now I know it will not be long before winter is upon us. For homeowners it is important to not only make sure your plumbing pipes are ready for winter but your water heater as well. After all you do not want to wake up one morning getting ready for work and experience a cold shower instead of a nice warm shower.
Last weeks blog post was about making your water heater more efficient. This weeks post is going to cover how to make sure it is ready for winter. .
The first thing you want to check is…
How well insulated is your water heater?
Where in your home is the water heater located? Is it in the interior of the home or in a garage or basement?
You need to make sure your it is properly insulated especially if it is in an area that is not climate controlled like the rest of the home. Poor insulation causes your water heater not to work at its optimal level. When your water heater is not insulated properly and not working as efficiently as possible it lowers the life span of the unit as the heating element will have to work much harder than it would normally. A properly insulated water heater will also cost you less on your energy bill.
The next thing to check is….
Is your water heater in need of a tune up?
Just like your car your water heater should be tuned up to prolong its life span. Tuning up your water heater in late summer or early fall will make sure it is prime operating condition for winter.
Water heaters tend to get used most in the winter. You should have a professional plumber come out and inspect your water heater. It may just be in need of a good cleaning but it could also be time to replace or repair some of the parts. Getting your water heater tuned up will not only extend the life of the unit but prevent possible emergency or costly repairs later.
and finally check….
The temperature of the water heater
This is especially important if your water heater is stored in an area such as the garage that may be 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the rest of the house. If that is the case colder water could be being delivered to the fixtures throughout your home. By simply turning up the thermostat during the colder months of the year will help your water heater operate more efficiently.