Winter is the worst time of year for homeowners to experience a water heater issue, but unfortunately, it’s quite common. There are many causes of water heater problems during the winter — dropping temperatures can often combine with lack of maintenance or general wear and tear to create a problem that’s not easy to solve without enlisting the help of professional residential plumbing services. But informing yourself of the potential issues is the best first step. With that in mind, here are just a few of the most common winter water heater problems and how to solve them.
Buildup of Sediment
Buildup of sediment can be an issue at any time of the year, but during the winter, it’s more likely to cause problems, particularly when it comes to the temperature of your hot water. During the winter, your water heater has to work harder to achieve the same temperatures, and experts say the temperature of the water entering your home may drop as much as 25 degrees. The sediment buildup essentially sucks the heat right out of the water that your heater just finished heating, reducing the temperature of the final output.
It may sound surprising, but sometimes, high temperatures can cause water heater issues during the winter. Some people experience lower water temperatures during the winter, so they take it upon themselves to compensate by turning up the temperature of their entire water heater system. But temperatures higher than 120 degrees can cause the electrodes to deteriorate and scales to fall back into the water. This causes the water to turn more acidic, which will eat away at the protective layer over time. Only an experienced plumbing contractor can diagnose and solve this complicated issue, but the key to preventing it is to keep your water heater at a moderate temperature.
Lack of Insulation
Finally, the lack of insulation of some water heaters may cause the temperatures to drop. If you’re struggling with tepid water, talk to plumbing companies to explore your options.
Indoor plumbing dates back to at least 2500 B.C., and it’s vital to take proper care of your home’s plumbing systems during the winter. Hiring a plumber to perform a water heater assessment or a sewer line inspection
can ensure proper system functioning all winter long.