Having hot water come out of the tap when you turn it on is something most people just take for granted. It is, in fact, the way things are in most homes. However, if you neglect your hot water heater, there may come a time when turning on the hot water faucet will result in nothing but cold water. While a faulty hot water heater in the summer may result in only warm or perhaps cool water, in the winter, it can be very cold. Here are a few tips and maintenance tasks to ensure you have hot water all winter long.
Flush the Tank
Sediment from the incoming water will settle to the bottom of the tank. This will make the heater work harder to raise the temperature of the water to what you want it to be. Any time the unit has to work harder it increases the chances of something breaking down inside. In addition, it will shorten the life of the unit. Make sure you flush out the tank every year. Doing this just before the start of the cold season will keep the system from running too much. The incoming water is colder during the winter so the heater already has to work extra, don't add to it.
Insulate the Tank
Insulation will help keep the water in the tank hotter longer. Instead of losing some of the heat through the wall of the tank, it will stay nice and hot without having to be constantly reheated.
Lower the Thermostat
You are not going to notice that the hot water is 5 to 10 degrees lower. Most people end up having to add some cold water to the tub or shower for it to be comfortable. Instead of adding cold water, just keep the hot water a bit colder for the same result. This will reduce the number of times the heater has to kick on to keep the water at the right temperature.
When you take the time to maintain your hot water heater for the winter months you not only reduce the chances of needing repairs, you also reduce the amount of fuel needed. Both of these benefits will save you some money. In addition, when properly maintained, you can be sure that the next time you turn the faucet for hot water, you will indeed get what you want and not be met with a stream of water so cold it hurts.
For more information, reach out to companies like R & B Inc Heating & Air Conditioning.