Winter Water Heater Tips

This could be the right time to prepare your home for the coming winter, especially through maintenance servicing for your water heater. You can contact Just Water Heaters to schedule maintenance services and ensure that the appliance delivers hot water all through the winter season.

Pay attention to the temperature and pressure relief valve

The T&P Relief valve is the most important security feature in your water tank. If there is too much heat buildup in your water tank, it can cause leaks and even an explosion. The T&P relief valve is designed to open and shut off in order to remove excess pressure. To check the T&P valve, make sure you shut off the power source, and set a bucket under the point where the valve connects with drain pipe. Gently lift the tab and allow some water to escape and close again. If no water runs off, then the T&P valve is open or if water continues to run, please change the T&P valve as soon as possible. 

Check the anode rod

The anode rod helps reduce the risk of corrosion inside the tank by attracting the corrosive elements within. The anode rod rusts before the tank begins to rust. Turn off the power supply and then unscrew the hex of the rod which is found at the top of the tank (Make use of 1 1/16” to pull the rod away from the tank). Make sure you replace the rod if its size has reduced to less than ½ an inch. Please contact us at Just Water Heaters for water heater repair and replacement the anode rod in your water heater. 

Make sure the tank is flushed

Sand and sediments can easily settle at the bottom of the tank, making it harder for the heater to heat water efficiently. Sediments can also reduce the lifespan of the water heater. You can easily flush your water heater tank by simply attaching a hose to your drain valve that is found at the bottom of the tank and point the other end of the hose into the drain. Make sure you also shut off the thermostat for gas water heaters, before opening the drain valve. Let the tank settle for a while before turning on the water supply valve. Please contact Just Water Heaters if you can’t drain your water heater tank successfully. 

Insulate the tank and adjust the tank

In order to reduce the cost of heating water in your water heater, make sure you add some insulation and the pipes in order prevent or reduce loss of heat to the minimum. Adding insulation to your water heater tank can be a complex step to handle, but you can rely on expert plumbers at Just Water Heaters for 100% reliable water heater insulation. 

In order to prevent scalding in your water heater, it is important to set your thermostat at 120 °F, you can save up to 5% of energy cost for every 10-degree temperature setting change on your water heater. Contact Just Water Heaters for your water heater maintenance services.