With the winter season ramping up, experiencing a hot shower and washing dishes with hot water is frequently luxurious! However if one’s water heater is taking a long time to warm the water, daily life may be annoying and the winter months can seem to be even colder. It’s extremely important, if there is an apparent variance in one’s water heater’s effectiveness throughout cold weather, to have the water heater evaluated by us. But, there are a few upkeep tasks that any homeowner could carry out that can drastically impact the efficiency of the water heater, and help avoid the necessity of a Spring Water Heater Repair.
The very first thing one should do if experiencing a hot water concern is to examine the environment nearby the water heater. If the water heater is placed in a basement, in particular an unfinished basement, it may be too cold. It would definitely benefit the hot water heater and, therefore, the water that makes its way into one’s home, to get the vicinity around the water heater well insulated and not drafty. Additionally, the hot water lines that bring the hot water from the water heater to the taps in the home could be becoming cold and cooling down the water on the trip. It is easy to wrap pipe insulation around pipes, and the impact could be huge!
Dip Tube Care
Many water heaters have a dip tube, which is a little tube on the base of the tank that lets cold water into the tank while not cooling the stored hot water around the top. The dip tube is a plastic material, though, and can break or crack. If the dip tube is worn out, cold water could get into the hot water storage, which could cause the water running into the house to be cooler than wanted. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to swap many dip tubes.
Water Heater Blankets
These types of uniquely made blankets go around the water heater and keep the temperature of the water constant. One might want to consider a water heater blanket if the water heater is cooler to the touch. If a blanket is used, one will be able to flip the temperature setting lower a bit as the blanket will warm the water, as much as 10 degrees beyond what it is set at.
In case every one of these maintenance tasks have been tried out and one is still having a problem with the temperature of the water, call us! One of our specialists may need to examine the heating element or pilot burner. No matter difficulty, we shall get ones water heater functioning at top efficiency quickly!
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