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3 Winter Water Heater Tips

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterThe water heater is one of the hardest working appliances in your home. Your water heater is something you use daily and during this time of year. Holiday parties and cold weather conditions make your system work even harder. Make sure you’re keeping your water heater in the best condition possible during these cold winter months—without proper maintenance, you’ll be taking ice-cold showers in the middle of December.

If you need service for your water heater in Clinton, UT make sure you call our team. We’re a local, family-run business that’s served Salt Lake, Weber, and Davis counties for the past 50 years. When you choose our team, you’ll know you’re getting service from an HVAC company that really understands your needs.

What Winter Does to Your Water Heater

It’s cold here in Utah, and cold conditions lead to plumbing system disasters like frozen or burst pipes. But what about your water heater?

The water that goes through your water heater enters from outside your home. This means when it’s winter here, the water entering your system is incredibly cold. Your water heater has to work harder to heat it. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always align with your needs: this is the time of year when you want to take a long, hot shower or a soak in your tub to thaw off the winter chill. When your water heater is properly winterized, you won’t have to worry if it’s up to the task.

1. Inspect Your System

Take a look at your water heater, it’s likely that you’re not actually looking at your system every single day. If you’re tank is rusting on the outside or showing signs of corrosion, then it’s best to call a professional as soon as possible.

2. Check the Thermostat Temperature

What’s the temperature of your water heater? It’s standard for a water heater to be set to 140°F but the best temperature to set your system at is around 120°F—this is best for optimal efficiency and energy savings.

3. Insulate Your System

The best way to boost water heater efficiency is to insulate the pipes and tank of the water heater. Insulation is great for your system because it keeps the heat where it’s supposed to be—inside the tank. You run the risk of your water cooling off on the journey from the tank to the faucets without insulation.

What We Can Do

Your water heater needs servicing from a professional. The best way to maintain a great quality water heater is through a water heater flush. The water that comes into your home through the tank is typically “hard.” Hard water means that the water supply is full of sediment and mineral buildup that settles and gets trapped in the tank. This residue leads to the buildup that reduces the efficiency of the system and decreases its lifespan. You should have a professional from our team flush your water heater’s tank annually to ensure it’s always running at top capacity.

If you’d like to help your water heater this winter, contact Rentmeister Total Home Service to schedule an appointment for water heater services.

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