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How to Prepare Your Water Heater for Summer

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As the summer months approach, we often experience a spike in hot water usage due to more frequent showers, laundry loads, and outdoor activities that depend on a steady supply of hot water. This increased demand can put extra strain on your water heater system, especially one that is older or hasn’t been properly maintained.

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But by taking a few proactive steps to prepare your water heater now, you can ensure a steady supply of hot water throughout the summer and beyond.

Here's how to get your water heater ready for the higher demand ahead:

Inspect for Leaks and Damage

Begin by conducting a thorough inspection of your water heater and the surrounding area for any signs of leaks or damage. Check the tank, fittings, and connections for moisture, corrosion, or rust stains. Addressing leaks promptly can prevent water damage and prolong the lifespan of your water heater.

Check Temperature Settings

Adjust your water heater's temperature settings to meet your household's needs while also maximizing energy efficiency. Setting the temperature to around 120°F is typically sufficient for most households, providing hot water for daily activities while reducing the risk of scalding and minimizing energy consumption.

Insulate Exposed Hot Water Pipes

Insulating hot water pipes helps minimize heat loss and ensures that hot water reaches its faucets more quickly, reducing energy consumption. Use pipe insulation sleeves or wrap them with foam insulation to maintain hot water temperature and improve overall efficiency.

Monitor for Changes in Performance

Keep an eye out for any changes in your water heater's performance, such as reduced hot water output, unusual noises, or an unexplained increase in energy bills. These could be signs of underlying problems that require attention.

Prepare for Vacation

If you're planning to go away during the summer months, consider adjusting your water heater settings to save energy. Turn down the temperature or switch your water heater to vacation mode to reduce energy consumption while you're away.

Schedule Preventive Maintenance

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. An inspection performed by a licensed plumber can help uncover potential issues early on, reduce the need for repairs, and ensure that your water heater is operating as safely and efficiently as possible.

Consider Upgrading if Necessary

If your water heater is aging or frequently requires repairs, it may be time to consider upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model. At Blau Sudden Service, we have extensive experience in water heater maintenance, repair, and installation. Contact us today and enjoy a carefree summer knowing you’ll have reliable hot water all season long and for years to come.

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