Effects of Winter on Your Water Heater

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Everyone is now more focused on their comfort. That said, almost all properties feature several appliances designed to make life easier. A few have as much effect on your property’s comfort as the water heater. This churns enough water to guarantee hot showers and hot water for your dishwashers, among other activities. There is something, however, beyond your control that might affect your water heater’s operation: cold weather.

In some cases, some of the problems caused by cold weather have led people to consider professional water heater replacement for their properties in Park City, Utah and other places, believing this will solve their problem. This decision is often informed by the ‘’online experts’’ who will associate the malfunctioning signs you are experiencing with your appliance’s breakdown.

There are, of course, times when you might need to replace the heater. Before making any decision, it is wise to get a qualified and certified plumber to assess the heater. This way, you will have an unbiased and informed opinion on the best way to handle your heater’s malfunction. The following are some of the effects of cold weather on your heater that might cause its malfunctioning.

Water Leaks

Cold temperatures will cause the water inside the pipes to freeze if these pipes are uninsulated. The frozen water will overexpand the available space in your pipes. The continued overexpansion will cause the bursting of pipes or the development of small leaks. These leaks, in turn, affect the amount of water your heater is getting and consequently, the amount it will produce.

Increased Energy Consumption

With the freezing, the water being supplied to your heater will be below the average temperatures the heater receives. When this happens, the heater will either churn insufficiently heated water or increase its energy consumption to reach the desired water temperature. Modern heaters will reset their thermostat readings to reflect the water’s temperatures and, therefore, use more energy to get your desired water temperatures. Conventional heaters will churn insufficiently heated water since the thermostat will not change to reflect the cold weather.

Standing Heat Loss

In most properties, water heaters are kept in the garage or basement. These places are unfortunately not adequately heated like the rest of your indoors. The cold air that surrounds your heater in these places causes the heat in your water tank to escape quickly. With the standing heat loss that this will cause, your heater runs for an extended period to recover and will not produce instant hot water.

Minimal Water Output

Hand adjusting water heater

In the hot months, the water flowing into your tank is partially warm. To this end, you do not need to add too much hot water to get a desired water temperature for the output. During winter, you need more hot water to warm the freezing water coming in. To this end, the hot water from your showers and taps is decreased.

The need for winter maintenance for your water heater cannot be overstated. This is your only option for averting the above effects of the cold on your appliance. It is, therefore, important for all property owners to invest in this maintenance before the cold weather sets in.

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