As the weather cools down, it’s time to turn your attention away from outdoor activities and ensure you have adequate water in your home. If you live in a place where you have to worry about freezing temperatures, it’s especially important to make sure that your water heater works well throughout the fall and winter months, as H2O can easily freeze and burst your water heater if it’s not kept at just the right temperature. To help you get through this season in comfort, here are three helpful tips for keeping your water heater in tip-top shape this fall.
When you check your tank, you’re looking for sediment, rust or anything else that might be blocking the flow of water. Be sure to clean any surfaces where water may have pooled or collected at the bottom of the tank to avoid this from happening and prevent future damage.
Draining your water heater when freezing weather is imminent could save you from having to take cold showers once the temperatures drop. Like any other piece of home hardware, a frozen water heater will be less effective, so be sure to lower the thermostat on your hot water tank at least five degrees before cold weather arrives.
Often, your water heater’s tank will be dirty with sediment from minerals in hard water that accumulate in the bottom of the tank. If left unchecked, these minerals can break down and cause corrosion in your pipes and, thus, damage your water heater, causing it to run less efficiently. Luckily, there is a relatively simple way to remedy this:
1- First, you’ll have to turn off the power source to the water heater.
2- Turn off the cold water supply valve — this valve can typically be found at the top of your water heater.
3- Attach a hose to the drain valve (located at the bottom of the heater), open all the hot water faucets in your home and let them run.
4- Open the drainage valve to empty the tank completely.
5- Once it’s empty, turn the cold water valve back on and let it run for about 10 minutes to push clean water through your water heating system and remove any leftover sediment.
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