It may still be the dog days of summer, but homeowners in northern climates know that winter, with its frigid temperatures, will arrive before we know it. If you have a water heater, you already understand how critical it is to take the proper steps to protect it from freezing, bursting, and costing you thousands, especially if you plan to be away. Here are some tips on how to prepare your water heater for the upcoming season.
Insulate the Water Heater
Ensure the water heater is working properly and doesn’t pose a safety hazard. Hire a Paraco technician to check for leaks, cracks, corrosion, and other problems that could lead to freezing, damage, or even a fire. If you plan to be away, use a water heater cover to protect the parts.
Install a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters are increasingly popular because they reduce energy bills over time. A tankless 75 gallon water heater can heat water on demand, so you don’t always have to keep a large tank of water hot. Proper maintenance reduces the risk of tankless water heater repair and enhances the product’s reliability.
Drain the Water Heater
If you live in an area with freezing weather and plan to jet away to warmer climates, drain the water heater’s tank completely to prevent the water inside from freezing and damaging the tank. Draining your water heater will also mean you won’t have hot water until you refill it.
Install a Freeze Alarm
A freeze alarm can alert you if your water heater starts to freeze, providing you with enough time to take action and prevent damage to the heater. This feature can be an investment but is a good option if you live in an extremely cold area and plan to be home during the winter months.
Keep a Power Connection
Keep your water heater attached to a power source to ensure the freeze protection system works. Although you don’t have to have the water heater on and operating, it should always be plugged in and have access to electricity. In areas with frequent power outages, use a battery backup system.
Recirculation systems typically provide hot water on demand. During the winter, an added benefit is that it allows the heater to keep your pipes in good order and warm while starving off costly freezes.
Clear the Area
Ensure nothing blocks the vents on the water heater. This will prevent combustion and the heater from being damaged by stray or falling objects.
Inspect the Heater
Ensure the heater is in good working condition and doesn’t pose a safety hazard. Hire a technician from a reputable company like Paraco to check for leaks, cracks, corrosion, and other problems that could lead to freezing, damage, or even a fire.
For proper tankless water heater maintenance, flush it to remove sediment buildup, inspect the anode rod and replace it if necessary, and look at the temperature and pressure relief valve.
By following these tips, you can prevent your water heater from freezing and bursting during winter and avoid costly emergency water heater repairs. The added peace of mind it offers when keeping your family safe and comfortable will also prove invaluable while spending time at home.