With the winter ramping up, experiencing a hot bath and washing dishes with hot water can often be luxurious! But if one’s water heater is taking too long to warm the water, day to day life can get aggravating and the winter months may seem to be even colder. It really is very important, if there is an apparent variance in one’s water heater’s efficiency during cold months, to get the water heater assessed by us. However, there are actually a few upkeep tasks that any homeowner could take on that could considerably affect the performance of the water heater, and help avoid the necessity of a Frisco Water Heater Repair.
The first thing one should do if having a hot water issue is to take a look at the environment near the water heater. If the water heater is situated in a basement, particularly an unfinished basement, it could be too cold. It would definitely benefit the hot water heater and, consequently, the water that goes into one’s house, to get the area surrounding the water heater well insulated and not drafty. Furthermore, the hot water pipes that transport the hot water from the water heater to the faucets in the property could be becoming cold and cooling down the water on the trip. It is very easy to wrap pipe insulation around the water line, and the affect could be tremendous!
Dip Tube Preservation
A lot of water heaters contain a dip tube, a small tube on the base of the tank that allows cold water in the tank while not cooling down the stored hot water near the top. The dip tube is a plastic material, though, and can break or crack. If the dip tube is cracked, cold water may flow into the hot water storage, which could cause the water going into the house to be colder than needed. Thankfully, it is pretty easy to swap a lot of dip tubes.
Water Heater Blankets
These kinds of uniquely made blankets cover up the water heater and keep the temperature of the water regular. One might want to consider a water heater blanket if the water heater is cool to the touch. If a blanket must be used, one should be able to move the temperature setting down somewhat as the blanket can heat the water, up to 10 degrees beyond what it is set at.
If these maintenance tasks have been tried and one continues to have an issue with the temperature of the water, give us a call! One of our professionals might need to check out the heating element or pilot burner. Regardless of the issue, we shall have ones water heater functioning at top efficiency swiftly!