Here are a few things you need to consider in order to ensure your water heater is fully ready for the winter.
Clean The Tank
The tank which stores the water tends to have mineral residue and other sediments left behind due to the heating process of the water. This residue tends to cause clogging and corrosion within your tank also affect the water heater. Emptying the tank and cleaning it from time to time will not only ensure smooth functioning of the heater but also help you store clean residue-free water.
Re-Adjust The Heater Temperature
With a dip in temperature, the load on your water heater increases to heat the water to your desired temperature. Sometimes, the water heater is not capable of doing that. Hence you end up getting cold water even though you have a preset temperature. To avoid this problem, you could set the temperature of the water heater, a few degrees higher.
Check The Anode Rod
An anode rod is made up of magnesium or aluminum. Its purpose is to corrode inside the water tank forming a layer and thereby preventing the rusting of the exposed steel, within the tank. It is necessary to keep a check of the anode rod to prevent internal rusting of the heater.
Insulate Your Heater
Insulation is always the best option when it comes to controlling temperature. Getting your pipes, as well as the heater structure, insulated is the best way to contain heat. Insulation, not only contains heat, it prevents the pipes from freezing up, thereby avoiding the problem of pipe bursts.
Examine The Pressure Relief Valve
The purpose of a pressure relief valve is to stop the pressure build-up which could lead to an explosion. The pressure relief valve drain pipe releases hot water in small amounts when there's a change in the temperature. You need to open the valve to release the pressure. If no water is released, then the valve needs to be repaired or replaced. Also, the dislodged debris in the valve needs to be cleared for a smooth functioning of the heater.
Check For Leaks
The other basic thing you need to do is to check for any leaks. If water is leaking out from pipes connecting to the heater, this could compromise the heating capacity of the heater. Certain leaks can be taken care of at home, others require professional help.
Invest In A New Heater
Water heaters are a long-term investment. However, like any other machinery, it cannot last forever. Over a period of time, the heater can get spoiled and cannot function the way it used to. Therefore, if your heater is in use for several years, then get it checked and invest in a new one if required. It’s better to buy a new one and be prepared for the winter rather than waiting for your old water heater to break down.
Regularize Maintenance Checks
One precautionary measure which will surely help you in tackling all the problems is conducting regular water heater maintenance checks. Timely checks help catch the above-mentioned problems and prevent them in the future.
You do not want to wait for your heater to stop working before you take any action this winter. It is better to be prepared with a working heater to fight the cold weather. Therefore, contact an Edmonton hot water tank repair professional to make your water heater winter ready.