Your water heater works hard throughout the year to provide hot water for
all your daily needs. However, cold winter weather can affect your water
heater’s ability to perform this essential function. Learning how
to care for your water heater during the winter and how to spot the signs
that professional attention is needed can help you prevent hot water emergencies
in your Orem home.
Insulate Your Water Heater
If your water heater is located in an unconditioned space, it can be prone
to damage caused by cold temperatures. Changes in temperature will cause
any metal components to expand and contract, which can weaken the water
heater and its plumbing connections over time and lead to leaks and other
damage. Furthermore, freezing temperatures can cause any water inside
your water heater’s supply or output pipes to freeze and expand,
which can lead to cracked or burst pipes that may cause major flooding
and water waste.
Adding an insulation blanket to your water heater and insulating the pipes around it is a good way to prevent cold weather
damage to your water heater. Your plumber can provide you with tips and
information if you’re considering this project yourself, or he can
easily perform this service for you.
Check Water Heater Power
Even if you have a newer tankless water heater model, these units can still
be prone to some types of cold weather damage. Many tankless water heaters
have integrated freeze prevention measures, which are designed to keep
the unit and any water inside it warm enough to prevent freezing. However,
the freeze prevention heaters inside your water heater need power to function,
so it’s important to make sure your water heater remains powered.
Even if you plan to leave home on vacation, avoid turning off the power
to your water heater to keep these freeze prevention measures ready in
case they are needed.
Examine Your Water Heater Regularly
The best way to prevent a hot water emergency during the winter is to catch
problems with your water heater as soon as possible. Take a look at your
water heater regularly and note changes such as leaks, standing water,
or even bent and damaged pipes—bring these changes up with your
Orem plumber immediately to prevent problems from growing worse. Additionally,
if you notice issues such as rising water or utility bills and changes
in the amount of hot water your water heater produces, it’s also
time to contact your plumber for an evaluation to determine the cause
of the problem and make the appropriate repairs. The sooner you repair
a struggling water heater, the faster you’ll enjoy lower bills and
the consistent, reliable hot water you need for comfort and cleaning.
Working with your plumber is the best way to maintain your water heater
for the hot water you expect every day. When you
visit our website, you can find out more about our comprehensive home plumbing services,
including water heater repair, maintenance, and replacement to ensure
your home is never without hot water. You can also
read through our monthly blog for more tips, ideas, and information on maintaining healthy home plumbing.