With the temperature drops and severe weather that winter brings, you should take some steps to maintain your water heater and ensure it performs well. Taking a few minutes of time to maintain and prepare your water heater for winter will prevent you from having to call a Gilbert plumber to service or replace it.

Flushing your Water Heater

Flushing your water heater can help it perform better during the cooler winter months where it will need to work harder to warm up cold water. You should flush your water heater annually, and if you don’t know how to flush it you can call a Gilbert plumber for help. Flushing your water heater will reduce sediment buildup which is one of the major causes of water heater underperformance and failure. A water softener can also be installed by a Gilbert plumber for your home’s water supply to help preserve your water heater and other water using appliances and reduce sediment buildup.

Insulate your Water Heater

If your water heater is in garage or a place that gets drafts, you can insulate it to reduce heat loss and improve its performance. You can purchase a water heater blanket and install it on your water heater or hire a Gilbert plumber to install it. If you don’t know how to do it properly, be sure to hire a Gilbert plumber for the installation, as a properly installed water heater blanket can reduce its heat loss by up to 45 percent. A water heater blanket installed by a Gilbert plumber will also reduce your energy bills and allow you to have more available hot water in winter.

Test your Water Heater’s T&P Valve

You should be sure to test your water heater’s T&P valve before winter, or have a Gilbert plumber test it. You can have this tested every few years or so, and it protects your water heater from excess pressure and heat buildup. Each water heater has its own procedure on testing the T&P valve, and if you aren’t sure on how to do it you can call a Gilbert plumber for advice. Basically it involves shutting off your power and the water supply, and testing the T&P valve for leaks based on the procedure in the heater’s manual. If it leaks you can have it replaced by a Gilbert plumber.