Temperatures in Texas are quickly dropping as we enter the end of the year. Many homeowners are aware that the colder weather can have an adverse effect on outdoor faucets and exposed plumbing. However, a little known plumbing fact is that the frigid weather can also create problems for your hot water heater.
Whether you have an electric or gas unit, the weather has no preference. Here’s a look at some of the ways cold temperature negatively affects your hot water heater and when to call a plumber for a water heater repair.
Your Hot Water May Run Out Faster
Hot showers are an essential part of most of our days, and this is especially true during a Dallas winter. So, it’s no surprise that we get lots of calls during this season with homeowners disappointed that their hot water is running out faster than usual.
This issue is mainly due to the weather and the current temperature of your water heater. During the winter, the water in your water heater isn’t naturally as warm as in the summer. This means that more hot water must be used to enjoy a nice shower. If your temperature isn’t adjusted properly, you’ll be left with little hot water to work with.
Adjusting your temperature without prior experience could lead to scalding water by accident. It’s always a great idea to schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber who can safely adjust your hot water heater.
Longer Heat Up Time
During the summer months, hot water can seem instantaneous. This is because your pipes aren’t experiencing the cold conditions they face during the winter. Cold pipes draw out the heat from your hot water. So, it’s only natural that your water would take an extra minute or two to heat up.
Higher Energy Bills
Even through cold pipes and sediment that builds up over time your hot water heater is going to keep trying to get you the hot water you want for your bath. Unfortunately, when it’s cold, the sediment buildup in your hot water heater tends to absorb the heat from your water, making your hot water heater go into overtime.
At the end of the day, you will still get your hot shower, but all of the extra work put into creating your hot water will leave you paying a much higher energy bill.
Fortunately, a local plumber can come to your home and safely flush your water heater. This will remove the minerals within and help you save money as you try to stay comfortable during what’s sure to be a cold winter.
Is Your Hot Water Heater Acting a Little Cold This Season? Plumbing Dynamics can Help!
If your showers aren’t as hot as you’d like them to be, it may be time to call in a plumbing inspection. From insulating your pipes to flushing out your hot water heater the experts at Plumbing Dynamics can ensure that your next shower is both affordable and hot. Contact us today to schedule our services.