With Winter approaching and bringing cold weather with it, it is important to make sure that your water heater is running in its best condition. The last thing anyone needs is to have there water heater break once the temperature has dropped. Here is some advice on how to make sure your water heater is good to go this winter season.
Check the Temperature Pressure Relief (TPR) Valve
The TPR valve is designed to open and let off pressure if your water heater has built up to much to prevent an explosion, this valve is included on both gas and electric water heaters. To test the TPR valve, lift the the trip lever then release it. You should hear a hiss noise from the air leaving the valve or see some water. If you do not hear the hissing noise or water continues to flow after the lever is released, your TPR valve needs to be replaced. Contact Jr Plumbing any time to have your valve replaced.
Check the Anode RodThe Anode Rod is responsible for capturing the corrosive elements in water so that your water heater does not get damaged. You should inspect the anode rod annually if your water heater is two years or older. The rod may look corroded on the surface but that is to be expected. If the anode rod is missing pieces or less than one to two inches thick, it is time to replace it.
Insulate your Water Heater
Only in the last few years water heaters have been built with pre-installed insulation in order to cut down on energy cost. So for older water heaters you can wrap them in in a insulating blanket in order to improve there energy efficiency and keep the water in your house hotter easily. Keeping your water heater regularly maintained will help to prolong the lifespan and energy efficiency of it, while making sure you always have enough hot water.