Water heater

Check Your Water Heater This Winter

With the end of the year in sight, it’s time to think about winterizing your home. That means wrapping exposed pipes with insulation to prevent them from bursting and a dozen other things. However, it also means it’s time to check your water heater. Use these tips to help ensure that your water heater is protected and works perfectly through the winter.

1. Schedule your annual maintenance.

First, make sure that you have a maintenance plan with a trusted plumbing company. You should have two inspections – one in the spring and one in the late fall. These are the keys to catching issues when they’re small before they become major problems. Maintenance should include checking your anode rod and pressure relief valve, as well as flushing the water heater to remove sediment that can build up within the tank.

2. Check your thermostat.

Some people believe that they need to turn up the temperature on their water heaters when winter rolls around. The truth is that your water heater should be able to maintain a stable internal temperature even when it’s cold, thanks to advanced insulation and modern design. Don’t turn your thermostat up – keep it around 120 degrees F. This will help prevent scalds, particularly if you have children in the home.

3. Add insulation around the water heater.

If you’ve noticed that your water heater doesn’t maintain its temperature during the winter, it might be time to consider adding some insulation. An insulated sleeve around the tank can help dramatically lower your energy use and ensure that you always have plenty of hot water available.

4. If your water heater is aging, consider a replacement.

The average water heater only lasts between 10 and 12 years. If yours is approaching that age, now might be the best time to replace it before the cold weather sets in. A modern water heater can offer improved performance and is better able to maintain an internal water temperature even in cold weather. 

5. Check the pipes running into and out of the water heater.

While your water heater might be insulated, that doesn’t mean your water pipes are. Add a layer of insulation around your water pipes to help prevent them from freezing and bursting during the extreme cold of deep winter.

Whether you don’t have time to take care of your water heater or don’t feel up to the challenge, you can turn to a trusted plumbing company for help. Contact Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing to schedule your winter maintenance or to discuss installing a new water heater.

Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing

Published by
Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing

Recent Posts

Why Your Water Heater May Be Leaking

Dealing with a leaking water heat can be confusing and frustrating. This is doubly the…

3 days ago

What Are Sewer Camera Inspections?

Sewer camera inspections are important in plumbing diagnostics today. They provide a direct view of…

1 week ago

What to Do With Leftover Oil and Grease

One of the most common household issues associated with plumbing can be prevented quite easily.…

2 weeks ago

Top Plumbing Tips for the Summer Months

When it starts to roll into summer, you can expect warmer temperatures and more time…

3 weeks ago

Can Your Business Benefit from Hydro Jetting?

The plumbing system in your business is designed to drain water from sinks, toilets, floor…

1 month ago

How to Save Money on Your Water Bill

Trying to find ways to save money? While there are tons of options, from buying…

1 month ago