With the winter weather in full swing, experiencing a hot bath and washing dishes with hot water can be luxurious! However if one’s water heater is taking too much time to heat the water, everyday life may be aggravating and the winter season can feel even colder. It is really important, if there is an obvious change in one’s water heater’s efficiency throughout cold months, to have the water heater looked at by us. But, there are many servicing tasks which any homeowner could take on that may considerably affect the efficiency of the water heater, and help avoid the necessity of a Vancouver Water Heater Repair.
The first thing one should do if having a hot water issue is to check out the surroundings near the water heater. If the water heater is situated in a basement, particularly an unfinished basement, it might be too cold. It would benefit the hot water heater and, consequently, the water that goes in one’s home, to get the vicinity surrounding the water heater well insulated and not drafty. Additionally, the hot water lines that transport the hot water from the water heater to the faucets in the home could be getting cold and cooling down the water on the trip. It’s super easy to place pipe insulation around the piping, and the result can be huge!
Dip Tube Preservation
Most water heaters contain a dip tube, a little tube on the bottom of the tank which lets cold water in the tank without cooling down the stored hot water at the top. The dip tube is a plastic material, however, and can break or crack. If the dip tube is damaged, cold water could leak into the hot water storage, which could lead to the water running in the residence to be cooler than expected. The good news is, it is pretty simple to change most dip tubes.
Water Heater Blankets
These types of specially manufactured blankets go over the water heater and keep the temperature of the water steady. One may want to consider a water heater blanket if the water heater is cold to the touch. If a blanket is required, one will be able to switch the temperature setting down a little bit as the blanket can heat the water, approximately 10 degrees over what it is set at.
In cases where every one of these maintenance jobs were tried and one continues to have problems with the temperature of the water, call us! One of our pros may have to examine the heating element or perhaps the pilot burner. Regardless of the problem, we will get ones water heater working at top efficiency quickly!