Enjoying Efficient and Reliable Hot Water This Winter

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.

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