With the winter in full swing, experiencing a hot shower and washing dishes using hot water can often be luxurious! Although if one’s water heater is taking a long time to heat the water, daily life can become annoying and the winter time could seem even colder. It’s extremely important, if there is a clear difference in one’s water heater’s effectiveness through winter, to have the water heater looked at by us. Nevertheless, there are actually various care tasks which any homeowner could carry out that might drastically affect the performance of the water heater, and help prevent the necessity of a South Bend Water Heater Repair.
The very first thing one should do if having a hot water problem is to take a look at the area nearby the water heater. If the water heater is located in a basement, particularly an unfinished basement, it could be too cold. It would certainly benefit the hot water heater and, subsequently, the water that enters one’s house, to have the area surrounding the water heater well insulated and not drafty. In addition, the hot water pipes that transport the hot water from the water heater to the faucets in the home may be getting cold and cooling down the water on the trip. It’s easy to place pipe insulation around pipes, and the result could be significant!
Dip Tube Maintenance
Many water heaters have a dip tube, which is a small tube along the base of the tank which lets cold water into the tank while not cooling the stored hot water at the top. The dip tube is a plastic material, though, and can break or fracture. If the dip tube is broken, cold water will be able to flow into the hot water storage, which could cause the water running in the residence to be cooler than expected. Thankfully, it is relatively easy to change most dip tubes.
Water Heater Blankets
These types of specially manufactured insulation blankets go around the water heater and keep the temperature of the water constant. One may need to look into a water heater blanket if the water heater is cooler to the touch. If a blanket is needed, one should be able to flip the temperature setting lower a little bit as the blanket can warm the water, around ten degrees higher than where its set.
In case every one of these maintenance duties have been attempted and one continues to have problems with the temperature of the water, call us! One of our specialists may need to look at the heating element or pilot burner. It doesn’t matter the issue, we will get ones water heater performing at top efficiency swiftly!