As the weather begins to get colder, it's time to start preparing your appliances if you haven't already done so. One of the last things you want to deal with this winter is not having hot water for bathing, cooking and more. Here are a few tips to help prepare your water heater for the cold temperatures so that you and your family don't have to worry about being without warm water:
1. Insulate Your Outside Pipes.
Although most tankless water heaters are resistant to freezing, the plumbing lines for the hot and cold water are not. These plumbing pipes need full protection or they will freeze when the temperatures drop. You can use a variety of things to insulate these pipes, including aluminum foil, heat tape and pipe covers.
2. Make Sure to Have Enough Gas.
If your meter size isn't large enough to handle the amount of gas that your household appliances need, then you could run out of fuel. This inadequate supply could also cause the performance of your appliance to drop. Speak with your gas company to find out if your household BTU load is more than your meter capacity.
3. Let the Water Flow.
To reduce the chances of your pipes freezing, make sure you have water running at all times. This continuous circulation will cost more, but it is better than having to deal with busted pipes.
4. Try to Keep the Tank in a Warm Space.
When installing a water heater, make sure that you place it somewhere in the home where there is heat. In other words, you want to avoid having your water heater in the garage. When the unit has heat to keep it warm, it is less likely to succumb to subzero temperatures.
Living in a colder climate can have its advantages, but it is most definitely has its disadvantages as well. Luckily, a damaged water heater doesn't have to be a problem for you as long as you follow the above tips. As long as you prepare for subzero temperatures, you can generally avoid issues.
If you need help with the preparation or are in need of water heater repair, contact P&D Mechanical today.
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