When it comes to winterizing your plumbing system, water heaters aren’t normally the first thing that comes to mind. 

In actuality, winterizing your water heater is just as vital as winterizing the rest of your home, especially if your area is prone to cold weather.

Although freezing temperatures are more likely to impact your outside and exposed plumbing, a power outage can put a burden on your water heater.

Water heaters keep us warm in the winter, but if the water within the tank freezes, they won’t be able to aid you.

By winterizing their water heaters, homeowners can ensure that everyone in the household has a warm shower.  Blue Star gives a few pointers to help you get started.

Make an appointment for your water heater to be serviced.

Your water heater, like any other plumbing item, requires regular maintenance

When it comes to winterizing your water heater, a tune-up is critical to keep your tank from freezing. 

Most water heaters incorporate anti-freeze features, such as extra insulation or heaters.

If the sensors detect that the temperature of the tank is dipping below freezing, another freeze protection approach is to cycle the water heater on and off.

However, if the components are worn out and the sensors are failing, your water heater’s first line of protection is ineffective. 

A pre-winter tune-up is an excellent place to start when it comes to winterizing your water heater.

Drain the tank on your water heater.

If the temperature is expected to dip below freezing for an extended period of time and your water heater is exposed, drain it or keep it cycling as much as possible. 

Once the water in the tank freezes, it will be difficult to defrost, and the increasing ice may cause damage to the tank. To drain your water heater, follow these steps:

Draining your tank should be done with caution. The water inside will continue to be heated to the temperature that was originally specified.

Ensure that the area around the water heater is well-insulated.

Not only can your water heater freeze, but so can the pipes that lead to and from it. 

If your cold-water supply line, for example, were to freeze, your water heater would be rendered useless. 

With foam insulation or anything similar from your local home improvement store, you can easily insulate the exposed lines and the water heater!

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