As the chill of winter settles in, we take for granted the warm/hot water that our dependable water heaters provide. However, as temperatures continue to drop in Central New Jersey, these unsung heroes of comfort face increased strain.
Understanding how winter impacts water heaters is essential to ensure they operate effectively this season. In this case, the more you know, the better!
Influences of Cold Weather
Winter weather greatly influences water heaters, affecting how they operate. As temperatures plummet outside, the water entering the heater tends to be colder. This leads to an intensified workload for the heater as it works to change the incoming cold water to the desired temperature.
Longer heating cycles become necessary, extending the time required to heat and maintain a consistent hot water supply. These factors significantly strain hot water heaters during the colder months, impacting their efficiency and demanding more energy.
Think of it like boiling a pot of water on the stove! It takes much longer to bring a pot of ice water to a boil compared to a room-temperature pot of water to a boil.
Common Winter Hot Water Issues
Although you may face issues with your water heater at any time of year, several issues tend to arise during the winter. They include:
– Reduced hot water supply: Colder temperatures can strain water heaters, leading to decreased hot water availability or longer wait times for hot water.
– Frozen pipes and components: Pipes connected to the water heater might freeze, causing blockages, reduced water flow, or burst pipes.
– Sediment build-up: During colder months, sediments might settle at the bottom of the water heater due to increased usage, affecting the unit’s efficiency.
– Lack of insulation: Colder temperatures can lead to heat loss from the water heater’s storage tank, making it work harder to maintain water temperature and increasing energy consumption.
Plumbing Experts in Central New Jersey
Although winter does have an impact on water heaters, don’t fret! Regular water heater maintenance is pivotal in mitigating many of these issues. Professional inspections can identify and address potential problems before they escalate, ensuring you and your family stay comfortable all winter. The expert plumbers at C&C area ready to help with all your water heater service needs.