The holidays are approaching, and people's thoughts often focus solely on the upcoming festivities. One area you might overlook while preparing for the holidays is the health of your water heater. If your hot water heater is reaching its maintenance level you should have your local plumber check it before the holiday season! If you are not approaching your maintenance level don't forget to consistently maintain your hot water heater.
Maintain Your Hot Water Heater
A reliable water heater ensures that your home receives a constant supply of hot water during the holiday season. Improve the reliability of your water heater by scheduling periodic maintenance checks. During a maintenance check, your plumber will inspect your water heater, test the valves, check the anode rod, drain the tank and remove any sediment. Regular inspections help prolong the life of your water heater and reduce the risk of unexpected breakdowns.
Tune Your Water Heater
Adjusting the settings on your water heater can help improve its efficiency and reduce your energy bills. For optimum performance, set your thermostat at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you've set the thermostat, be sure to check the temperature and pressure valve at least once every six months; you should also insulate your water heater with a pre-cut jacket or blanket.
Know What to Do When There's No Hot Water
If you're without hot water, check that your water heater is turned on, the thermostat is turned up and the clock is set to the right time. If your water heater has a pressure gauge, check that the pressure is at the recommended level. You should also check your home for frozen pipes. If you can't find the problem, try resetting your water heater; you could also turn the electrical supply to your water heater off and on. If these steps don't solve the problem, consider calling a plumber in and around Westchester.
Consider Your Maintenance Level
If your water heater is reaching its maintenance level consider replacing it before the holiday season. Replacing your old water heater may seem like a big investment, but it could save you money in the long run. When choosing a new water heater, look for one that carries the ENERGY STAR label, and remember to purchase the right size of water heater for your home.
Preparing your hot water heater for the holidays doesn't have to be a chore. By following these tips, you can make sure your water heater provides you with hot water when you need it.
For more information on replacing or servicing your water heater, contact A. Borrelli Mechanical.