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How to Maintain Your Water Heater During the Winter

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Your water heater works hard during winter to provide your home with hot water. Just like your car needs fresh air in its tires when the temperature drops, your water heater needs some extra care so it can function through the winter.

At Drain Doctor Plumbing & Rooting Service, we’ve seen our fair share of damaged and broken water heaters in Covina. Don’t let your water heater ruin your hot shower during the coldest time of the year. Keep your heater in tip-top condition with a few simple maintenance tips, and then give us a call for any additional maintenance or service.

Check Your Water Heater’s Temperature

Your water heater’s temperature should remain between 115 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature reaches 125 or higher, the water becomes scalding hot and damages your pipes. Keep an eye on the temperature to protect your home’s plumbing.

Inspect Your Pressure Relief Valve

The pressure relief valve on your water heater system prevents water from becoming overly pressurized. This valve should be checked before winter begins. To inspect your valve, lift it up. If the lid automatically snaps back into place, everything is working properly. If it doesn’t, your pressure relief system may not be functioning right. Contact a professional who can take a look and make any necessary repairs to your system.

Flush Out Your Water Heater

Minerals in water create sediment buildup. This buildup causes your water heater to work harder, making it less effective and more expensive. Flushing out your water heater once a year prevents buildup and allows your system to function better. The best time for flushing out your system is in the fall, right before winter.

Check Your Anode Rod

The anode rod in your water heater plays an essential role in keeping your system working. There are elements in water that eat away at your tank’s lining, causing damage to your water heater. The anode rod collects these elements and prevents them from harming your system. Over time, this rod may wear out. Have a professional check out your tank and inspect your anode rod once a year to ensure it’s working or to replace it with a fresh one.

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