Most people look forward to hot showers when the winter brings freezing temperatures. No one wants to turn on the faucet and feel like they've taken a plunge in an icy river. When this happens, many people jump to conclusions and automatically assume that they need a water heater replacement. While it may be possible that you need a new water heater installation, there's a good chance that proper winterizing techniques or a small water heater repair is all you need to get the warm water flowing again. Whether you're having an issue with gas, electric or tankless water heaters, the expert plumbers at Mr. Rooter can help find a solution for you. Thankfully, there are steps you can take beforehand to make sure your water heater is ready for the cold months of winter.
Place Your Water Heater in a Warm Location
Some water heaters may be in a cold basement or other area where it could be a lower temperature than the rest of the home. If this is the case, you may want to either find another location for a water heater installation, or ensure that the space your water heater is occupying is warm. If not, the water heater must work much harder to keep the water at the desired temperature.
Keep Your Pipes Well Insulated
Your water heater may be working just fine, but the water cools as it travels through your home and to your faucet. Make sure that your home's pipes are properly insulated, especially during the coldest months. Doing so will not only make sure you have hot water, but will decrease the chances of a burst pipe due to freezing temperatures.
Get an Inspection to Ensure Proper Maintenance
The best way to keep your hot water heater working at its best is to get an annual inspection and maintenance check. It's important to be aware of any possible issues so you can schedule a water heater repair or water heater replacement if necessary. It's better to know ahead of time, before the weather drops to freezing temperatures.
Upgrade to Tankless Water Heaters or Invest in a Water Heater Replacement
Some homeowners prefer to use tankless water heaters because of how quickly the water is warmed. Rather than the water being heated in a faraway location, the tankless unit can fit on your wall or beneath a bathroom cabinet so your warm water is instantly available right where you need it. You may also discover that you need a water heater installation. If so, the team at Mr. Rooter will help find a new water heater that will meet all your needs and fit your budget.
Do You Have a Water Heater That's Leaving You in the Cold? Call Mr. Rooter Today
Would you like some professional assistance to help get your water heater ready for winter? If you need a water heater repair, inspection, installation or replacement, contact our team. We would be happy to answer all your questions and schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable certified plumbers.