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  • How to Make Sure Your Water Heater is Prepared for Fall

    September 13, 2019

    how to make sure your water heater is prepared for fall

    The transition to cooler fall weather involves a lot of adjustments and changes in our home. Appliances need tweaking, pipes need inspecting and HVAC units need cleaning, but there’s another area that you have to prepare for fall as well. Your plumbing system needs maintenance and care to handle the fall and winter workload, and that includes your water heater. Here are a few ways to make sure your water heater is prepared for fall, as explained by the friendly folks at Crawford Services!

    Flush It to Clear the Sediment

    Your water heater provides a constant, reliable source of warmth to the water you use for cleaning, drinking and bathing. Even though it’s designed to do precisely one thing, it can’t do it forever – at least not without proper care and maintenance.

    Water heaters collect lots of minerals and other sediment in the tank as they filter those materials from the water they pull from the outside. That sediment – which comes from hard water – is fine in moderation, but too much of it will lead to efficiency problems with performance. To avoid a drop in production, it’s best to flush the sediment from your water heater’s tank.

    • Turn off the water supply and the power feeding your water heater, and either attach a hose to the drain valve or place a bucket underneath it.
    • Open the valve, draining the water in the tank.
    • Refill the tank by turning the power and water supply back on, and you’re good to go!

    Adjust the Temperature

    Water heaters usually have some variation in the temperature. Some people like it a bit hotter, while others prefer to keep the temperature a little lower. However, with fall just around the corner, we recommend setting your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

    With your water at this setting, you’ll get the hot water that you need to kill bacteria and clean everything, but you’ll avoid the sky-high energy costs that come with higher temperature settings.

    Evaluate Your Unit

    Water heaters are usually pretty good at hanging around for a while. Most have a lifespan of roughly 10 years – so they don’t need to be replaced too frequently, but you’ll probably have to get a few different units over the course of your time in a home.

    There’s no better time to check and see if your water heater is at the end of its road than when the seasons change this time of year. You’d rather have a brand-new unit that can handle the stress and workload of cooler temperatures than one that gives out in the dead of winter.

    Call a professional to inspect your unit and tell you if you should consider replacing yours!

    Have Crawford Services Check Out Your Water Heater!

    Is your water heater nearing the end of its road? Or is it struggling to heat your showers like it used to? Give Crawford Services a call! Our team will diagnose any issue and recommend the best solution for you! Now you know how to make sure your water heater is prepared for fall — but let us take care of the rest.

    Get in touch with us at 214-271-8800 (Dallas) or 817-869-9045 (Fort Worth) for more information!