Winterizing your water heater means you are preparing it for winter. Although many property owners winterize their systems when they are unoccupied, the same concept applies to homeowners. The reason for this is that you will be using your water heater during the winter. Thus, winterization (i.e., maintenance) is vital to getting through the winter.
If you haven’t hired a P&D Mechanical technician to perform an inspection and maintenance of your system in a while, then now is the time before it gets too cold outside. Below, we discuss winterization and what that means for your water heater.
If you have any questions, please call us at 763-533-2218.
The Water Heater Winter Preparation Process
We undergo a thorough inspection and maintenance process to ensure that every component in your water heater is operating well. We provide long-term solutions so you can depend on the system to work all year long.
Our process looks like this:
Exterior Pipe Insulation
Proper winterization begins outside. If the pipes freeze up, the water will not reach the water heater. We start by identifying pipes that are exposed to the cold water. We then find the right type of insulation to put around each pipe.
The proper insulation should prevent your pipes from freezing, thus, keeping the water flowing throughout your pipes. If any of the pipes do freeze this summer, you can contact a P&D Mechanical technician to come and thaw the pipes.
Clear Out Any Blockage
There may be a blockage in the pipes around the water heater. We can inspect the pipes to find out if there is any blockage. Remove the blockage allows the water to flow freely. If the water is backed up in any way, the blockage could cause the water outside to freeze.
Therefore, we recommend a plumbing inspection. We can check the plumbing throughout your entire house as well and remove and clogged fixtures or drain.
Drain All Sediment From the Tank
The sediment in the bottom of your water heater is any solid material that settles to the bottom; it can be sand or other debris from your well or the water mains, or it can be minerals, (calcium carbonate), that precipitate out of the water at higher temperatures.
A thick layer of sediment displaces water and reduces the amount of hot water available for your use. It can also clog the drain valve and possibly affect the efficiency of the water heater. We need to remove the sediment so your water heater operates more efficiently.
Water Heater Replacement
If you own an older water heater, then you may want to consider upgrading to a modern unit. Newer water heaters are far more cost-effective and will last you for at least a decade. We can replace your old water heater with a brand new one if need be. You’ll be ready for winter when it hits.
Water Heater Inspection and Repair in Minneapolis
If you need a complete water heater inspection, installation, or repair in Minneapolis, Minnesota, then contact P&D Mechanical. We offer complete service for homeowners. We can help you prepare for winter so your family is safe.
If you would like to know more about our products and services, then call us at 763-533-2218.
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