Water Heater Worries Coming

As cooler weather approaches, so too are water heater troubles. Replacing a water heater is an unwelcome, but sometimes necessary, expense this time of year. What causes water heaters to act up during cooler weather? Well, there are several things that can cause this to happen. In this article, we will help break down some of the things that cause water heaters to fail in frigid temperatures.

As a water heater ages, scale and sediment build up inside, which leads to premature tank failure if not flushed and cleaned regularly. Depending on water conditions, the manufacturer usually recommends this process to occur annually. Not only will this keep the harmful build up from forming inside the tank, it will keep the unit running at optimal performance. This, also, helps keep energy costs down.

Additionally, the cooler temperatures change the water temperature coming into the home. The big change in ambient water temperature causes a water heater to work harder trying to deliver hot water to the home. Unless the water heater is in good shape and well maintained it is more likely to fail this time of year. What effect does cold water have? As cold water is pushed into the water heater it travels through what is called a “dip tube.” The dip tube pushes the incoming cold water to the bottom of the water heater pushing the hot water out of the water heater. As it does this, the cold water coming in from the bottom passes over the lower water heating element. The abrupt water change in water temperature shocks the element of the heater and a weak heating element is more likely to fail.

What are some of the steps to take before the cold weather sets in?

Make sure the water heater is in good shape. Has it been serviced within the last year? If not now is the time to have it done. Having a qualified, licensed, plumbing contractor perform a full inspection on the unit to assure water heater worries are not coming.

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