Having your hot water supply run out, just when you are all lathered up in the middle of a cold January shower, is never fun. But this kind of scenario is quite common in many homes where family members have to compete for hot water during shower time as well as other chores like dishwashing, laundry, etc. If you notice that there is a significant difference in your hot water heater’s performance in winter months, then there are a few things you need to check for.
The area around the water heater
A lot depends on the surrounding area of your water heater. If your heater is placed in the basement where the surrounding is cold, beware that you can expect fluctuations in the performance of your water heater when freezing temperatures occur. In addition, you can expect a hike in your hydro bills as your water heater has to over perform to achieve the desired results. In such cases, it is recommended that you think about taking up some preventive maintenance like re-caulking your basement windows or checking for gaps and crevices and closing them so that you can prevent cold air from entering your water heater surroundings.
Insulating the pipe
You may be surprised to know that simply insulating your water supply pipes can improve your water heater’s performance by almost 30% and help you to save on hydro costs. If your water supply pipes that bring water to your heater are exposed to external freezing temperatures, think about insulating them for optimum results. You can just wrap a foam pipe insulation around them and keep the heat from dissipating.
Damaged Dip tube
Did you know that a broken water heater dip tube can cause havoc in your hot water supply volume? A dip tube is a simple plastic tube that runs from the cold water input to the bottom of the tank. This dip tube brings cold water to the hot water tank without disturbing the temperature of the already heated water on the surface. If the tube is damaged, it can cause leaks and you may find that your heater is not working as it previously was. You may also start noticing pieces of plastic in your aerators if the tube is broken.
Use a blanket
Just like you use a blanket to stay warm in colder months, your water heater also needs to be wrapped up in a specialized blanket that helps to keep the temperature of the water in your heater about ten degrees warmer than you have set it at.
It is possible that you may have checked these factors and still experience fluctuation in your water heater’s performance. If you want to know how to take care of your water heater so that it continues to perform well even in the cold winter months, contact POM Plumbing. They are known as the best quality plumbers for solving all your concerns pertaining to drain repair and waterproofing homes in Mississauga and Etobicoke.