Winter is when everybody should have their water heaters in the best condition. As a reputable provider of water heater services, Rockwater Plumbing gets many questions from clients on how to maintain the efficiency of their water heaters. Our experts in water heater repair in Mansfield, TX recommend the following water heater maintenance tips for winter.
Insulate The Heater
This is one of the most effective tips to prevent the pipes supplying water to the water heater from freezing over and to reduce the unit’s standby heat loss levels. Covering the tank and nearby pipes with insulating blankets ensures the heater does not work too much to heat the water. This also helps increase the heater’s lifespan.
Check The Temperature
During the water heater installation, technicians usually set temperatures between 120 and 140 degrees. You can adjust the temperature to help save on energy consumption, but don’t exceed 140 degrees because that could result in mechanical problems and pose a scalding hazard.
Flush Out The Tank
While it is normal for the tank to have some sediment, too much could reduce the heater’s efficiency. While some might consider this a DIY-worthy task, we advise clients to always call the professionals to avoid getting burnt or causing damage to the tank. Flushing can be beneficial if you have a tankless water heater.
Check The Pressure Relief Valve
Electric and gas water heaters come with a pressure release valve to release pressure. An incorrect calibration can result in too much pressure accumulating in the water heater which can cause it to explode, so be sure to have the technician check the pressure relief valve during water heater maintenance visits.
Get Professional Inspections
Homeowners should ensure their tank-based or tankless water heater will supply hot water throughout the winter. A professional inspection once a year, especially just before winter, helps us identify any arising issues so we can determine whether repairs or a water heater replacement is necessary.
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You can count on Rockwater Plumbing for reliable water heater services all year round. Contact us for a service appointment.