As temperatures plummet this winter in Pennsylvania, water heaters will have to work extra hard to keep up with demand. In some cases, they might even give out completely, leaving residents without hot water. Thankfully, there are ways to protect your water heater and tank. If you don’t want a water heater emergency this winter, here’s what you should do.
Drain the Tank
It’s natural for tanks to accumulate sediment. All water has minerals to an extent, and they’re mostly harmless to people. Excess sediment will, however, cause the water heaters to overwork themselves and be less efficient, as it ends up absorbing a lot of the heat itself. It can also cause more direct damage by overheating the inner surface of the tank, leading to accelerated corrosion. Because of sediment’s effect on hot water systems, drain your tank just before winter. If your area gets particularly cold, you might need to drain your tank a few times over the season to prevent water from freezing overnight.
Insulate the Tank & Heater
Constantly draining your tank is not sustainable, but it’s not the only thing you can do to protect your system. To prevent water from cooling or freezing, consider how well your hot water tank is insulated. If it’s not insulated at all or needs more, pick some insulation up at a hardware store and thoroughly wrap the unit, making sure not to cover any valves or dials. With proper insulation, you might be able to turn down your water temperature this winter, helping reduce energy costs without sacrificing comfort. Your efforts could also prevent your tank from cracking due to the expanding and contracting in response to temperature fluctuations.
If you need a new water heater or think yours needs to be repaired, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Adams Heating & Cooling. Established in 1998 and located in West Springfield, PA, they service heating and cooling systems throughout Erie County for both commercial and residential clients. To inquire about heating repair, call (814) 922-7786 today. More information about their services is available on their website.