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5 Vital Water Heater Maintenance Tips for Fall & Winter

Fall and winter are full of family-oriented holidays, and if you plan to entertain this year, there are things you can do now to get your house ready for the company you’ll be having soon. One thing you can do as a DIY maintenance task is to inspect your water heater and perform some basic upkeep.


That way, you and your guests will have hot water for all your meals, washing, and bathing throughout the fall, winter, and holiday season. And in case you’re new to home maintenance, here are the steps you can take to get your water heater ready for the upcoming season.

For Efficiency

Tip One: Flush the tank. A water heater works best when there is nothing in the tank but pure water. Unfortunately, sediment can build up in the bottom of the tank over time, and this makes it more difficult to heat the water.

servicing-a-water-heaterTo improve the efficiency of your tank, and to prevent rust, you should flush the tank annually to remove the old water and sediment and replace it with clean water.

Hint: If you want to keep the water in the tank for the garden, attach the hose from the water heater drain valve to a rain barrel or bucket.

Tip Two: Insulate the tank and pipes. Another way that you can improve the efficiency of your water heater is by adding insulation to the pipes and the tank. This insulation will keep the heat inside where it belongs, meaning the water won’t cool off on route from the tank to your taps. Insulating blankets are simple to install on the tank, and insulating sleeves are easy to use on pipes.

For Safety

Tip Three: Decrease the temperature. Water heaters are often pre-set to a temperature of 140° F, which is hot enough to scald the skin. If you have children in the house or are concerned about burns, you can decrease the thermostat or the setting on the water heater to decrease the temperature of the water coming out of the taps.

Tip Four: Test the TPR valve. The TPR valve, or the temperature and pressure relief valve, is a very important safety feature on your water heater. It ensures that the pressure check-pressure-relief-valvein the tank doesn’t increase to dangerous levels.

You can do your part by making sure that the valve is working properly: open the lever and wait for the water to rush out the discharge pipe. If there is no water, have an expert in immediately to replace the valve.

For Longevity

Tip Five: Check the anode rod. The anode rod inside your water tank can increase the life expectancy of your water heater by extracting elements that would cause the tank to rust. That rod should be inspected every year or two and replaced in five-year intervals. Make sure that the anode rod inspection is a part of your fall and winter maintenance this year.

Annual inspections and regular appliance maintenance are important for the health and safety of your family. Moreover, performing these tasks will keep your water heater working more efficiently and for longer, will keep your family and your guests comfortable, and will help save you money in the long run.

And if you encounter any issues that you’re not equipped to deal with, the experts at Allied Plumbing and Pumps, LLC in Wenatchee, WA are here to help. Call us today at 509-662-6622 to schedule an appointment.

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