A hot shower is great on a cold morning, so it can be frustrating when the water heater starts acting up in the cold weather. A whole new set of problems can afflict the water heater in the winter. Here are some common cold weather water heater issues and what to do about them:
- No Hot Water
Running out of hot water is never good. However, it might not be the water heater that’s the problem. People tend to take longer showers in the winter to avoid stepping back out into the cold. More dishes also get washed in the winter months. Try to limit shower times to prevent running out of hot water.
If that’s not the issue it could be the water cooling down when going from Point A to Point B. Wrap the pipes in foam insulation to help keep the water warmer while it travels.
- Scalding Water
It only takes five seconds for scalding hot water to cause burns. Remember that before cranking up the temperature on the water heater when it seems like it’s too cold this winter. It should be set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Homeowners can also invest in an anti-scald valve that maintains safe water temperatures. This is a good safety measure for homes with children.
- High Energy Bills
When the house is cold, the water heater has to work even harder. To help it out take shorter showers and wash clothes in cold water. If that isn’t brining the bill down it might be time to replace the water heater. Getting a newer, energy efficient model could make a huge difference.
Don’t suffer through winter with little to no hot water. Homeowners experiencing water heater troubles should call the experts at All Star Plumbing and Restoration. They can inspect the water heater, fix and problems, and install a new one if necessary.