Winter temperatures in Reading, PA, can drop well below the freezing point of water. If this happens, your water heater is at risk of damage. A frozen and burst pipe can also damage your water heater, so it’s important to consider protecting your entire plumbing system. Use these four quick tips to protect your water heater this winter.
1. Install an Insulation Blanket
Insulating your water heater’s storage tank is fast, simple and effective at preventing freezing. An insulation blanket wraps around the tank. Also consider insulating the pipes that connect to your water heater. This is especially important if the pipes or water heater are located along a perimeter wall of your home.
2. Use Freeze-Protection Solenoid Valves
A freeze-protection solenoid valve protects a tankless water heater from freezing. The valve stops the flow of water into the unit. Newer tankless water heaters may already have one of these valves.
3. Drain the Tank
If you’re a snowbird and traveling away from home for several weeks this winter, drain your water heater’s tank. You’ll also need to drain the pipes and put antifreeze in your toilet.
4. Allow the Water to Drip
If temperatures are forecast to drop into the single digits or lower, leave one or two of your water faucets dripping overnight. This prevents water from freezing in your pipes or water heater. Keep the sink cabinets open so that warm air can circulate around the pipes.
We offer water heater repairs if the cold temperatures cause damage to your plumbing. Not in need of water heater services today? Our heating and air conditioning maintenance, repair and replacement ensure your home’s comfort all year long. You can also rely on us for indoor air quality and duct services, and if you’re a business owner in the Reading area, you can count on us for commercial HVAC services. For more tips on how to protect your home’s water heater this winter, contact us at Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning today.