Now that we are well into winter, the consistent cold weather can be causing major problems with your water heater. This is why it is important to be aware of these issues so you can call a Guelph plumber immediately.
So, to help you get started, your local plumbers at Local Own Comfort have listed some of the most common water heater issues that occur in winter and how a professional can help.
Issue #1: Broken Parts
Faulty parts can occur over time due to misuse and aging. It is especially important to be aware of these parts so you are not going a day without hot water. Some issues to keep an eye out for depends on the type of heater you have. If you have an electric heater, a common issue to have during the winter is a faulty thermostat or if you have a gas heater, you should be aware of the pilot control valve.
If you think you are having a problem with these parts, your local Guelph plumber can come in and either adjust these parts or replace them altogether.
Issue #2: Insulation
If you own an electric heater and fear you are having insulation issues, your local plumber can protect your heater with a layer of neoprene foam. If you have a gas heater, the best insulation to use is a layer of fiberglass wrap. Insulating this area can help save money on your utility bill because it will help heat up the water faster and therefore use less energy.
Issue #3: Sediment Buildup
Now that it has started to snow, there is going to be large amounts of salt particles on the ground. Tracking this salt into your home and near your water heater can cause a buildup of sediment particles which can cause the parts of your water heater in Guelph to corrode. Have a professional inspect your heater and remove these particles to prevent this problem from occurring.
Issue #4: Overheating
It is very common for your water heater to overheat in the winter due to the higher demand for warmer water. Keep an eye on the water heater thermostat and make sure temperatures don’t exceed 50 degrees C or your heater could burn out or parts of it could degrade.
If you are starting to have problems with your water heater in Guelph, have Local Own Comfort take a look and fix the issue before you are completely out of hot water!
For questions or inquiries, please contact us at 519-760-5494.