Winter Water Heater Tips From the Experts

Those extra-long, extra-hot showers we take in the mornings during the cold winter could be causing damage to your water heater. As cold water is being brought into your water heater during a hot shower, the less hot water is available to you and the more your water heater exerts itself. That exertion may cause wear and tear on your water heater. Joe and Trevor, our service experts at Valor Mechanical, share their water heater tips to keep you and your family enjoying those hot showers for winters to come.

1.    Only Run the Washer and Dishwasher When They are Full

Rather than running your washing machine or dishwasher when they’re only half full, save on long-term repair costs by waiting until they’re fully loaded. By implementing full cycles into your daily routine, you will create energy savings and less stress for your water heater to run under. “Every family has different water heater needs,” says Trevor. “Our service team can give you recommendations on a tank that will work best for your individual needs.” For larger families, Joe recommends upgrading to a tankless water heater for an endless amount of hot water for you and your family. “If I had a water heater with a water holding tank, I wouldn’t want to shower after my family has, that’s for sure. This is why I enjoy having a tankless water heater,” Joe said.

2.    Increase the Temperature of Your Water Heater

Increasing the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees may help with recovering the incoming cold water at a quicker rate. A temperature increase can help maintain the heat of your stored water, allowing your water heater to limit the exertion of work it puts in during those long hot showers. Joe adds, “Always take care when making water temperature adjustments and note that temperatures above 120 degrees may cause scalding burns.”

3.    Insulate your Tank and Pipes

Did you know that insulating your tank and your tank’s pipes during the winter could lead to energy savings?  The benefit comes down to expenses. By insulating your tank and your tank’s pipes, you are reducing the standby heat by 25-45% and could save you an additional 7-16% on your water heating bill annually. Another money-saving option is to upgrade to energy-efficient systems. Trevor recommends speaking to the service team about how you can save even more. “Our team is great at helping clients understand energy savings and how to register. We take care of all the paperwork for you!”

Maintaining your water heater is very important, but you don’t have to go about it alone. Joe, Trevor, and the team at Valor Mechanical are here to help you through every step. Get in touch with us today! 507.218.8400