Though nothing appears different from the outside, winter months are extremely hard on your water heater. And if you don’t take care of that water heater, there’s a cold shower in your future.
The colder the weather becomes, the colder the water will be that flows into your home. That means that your water heater has to do a lot of extra work in order to heat the water to what you have set as the proper temperature.
When you take a hot shower, it’ll be harder for your water heater to keep up. As a result, you’ll notice that you’re not getting consistently hot water. So winter is hard on your heater, and it’s hard on you. Let’s look at some ways you can avoid the headache.
Drain your water heater
Sediment in the tank is always an issue. But when the water heater is under more stress from colder water, it has to work even harder if there’s a lot of sediment in there. Get that sediment out and your water heater will be more efficient. That means you’ll have warm water and you’ll save a few extra dollars on that energy bill.
Turn down the temperature setting on your water heater
While it might seem counters intuitive since its cold outside, lowering the temperature setting on your water heater can help it be more efficient and last longer. Without having to get the water temperature up so high, the heating element and tank will undergo less stress. This, too, will save you a few dollars from your energy bill.
Wrap the water heater
Keeping the water heater a bit warmer can also help in this process. You can accomplish that by putting a blanket on it. Covering the tank with a water heater blanket or jacket can help reduce stress and wear during the colder months.
These three steps can help to prevent icy showers.
They will also help to put less stress on an appliance that is going to cost a nice chunk of change to replace. So make sure you give your water heater some attention before the dead of winter. It’ll keep your showers warm and your wallet heavier.