With the winter ramping up, having a hot bath and washing dishes using hot water is sometimes luxurious! However if one’s water heater is taking too much time to heat the water, everyday life may get irritating and the winter season may feel even colder. It is really important, if there is a clear variance in one’s water heater’s efficiency throughout the winter months, to get the water heater assessed by us. Nevertheless, there are actually several repair tasks that any homeowner may take on that can drastically impact the efficiency of the water heater, and help avoid the necessity of a Durham Water Heater Repair.
The first thing one should do if experiencing a hot water concern is to take a look at the surroundings close to the water heater. If the water heater is located in a basement, particularly an unfinished basement, it could be too cold. It would definitely benefit the hot water heater and, subsequently, the water that goes into one’s home, to have the region surrounding the water heater well insulated and not drafty. In addition, the hot water lines which take the hot water from the water heater to the taps in the house could be becoming cold and cooling down the water on the journey. It’s easy to place pipe insulation around the water line, and the impact can be huge!
Dip Tube Servicing
Most all water heaters have a dip tube, which is a small tube along the base of the tank which lets cold water in the tank without cooling down the stored hot water near the top. The dip tube is plastic, however, and can break or fracture. If the dip tube is cracked, cold water may flow into the hot water storage, which could cause the water going into the home to be cooler than desired. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to change the majority of dip tubes.
Water Heater Blankets
These kinds of uniquely designed blankets cover the water heater and keep the temperature of the water steady. One might want to consider a water heater blanket if the water heater is cold to the touch. If a blanket must be used, one should be able to flip the temperature setting lower a little as the blanket will be able to heat the water, around 10 degrees higher than what it is set at.
In case every one of these maintenance tasks were tested out and one continues to have problems with the temperature of the water, give us a call! One of our pros may need to examine the heating element or maybe the pilot burner. No matter concern, we will have ones water heater performing at top efficiency quickly!