The Summer is over, and as the nights get colder, so does the water entering your water heater. As the weather gets colder the showers get hotter and last longer. The colder water entering the tank and the joy of long hot showers, makes your old water heater work much harder than in the warm months.
Generally speaking most people aren’t taking long hot showers in the summer, and water heaters aren’t give much of a work out during the summer. So, water heaters don’t often break in the summer months in Connecticut, water heaters almost always break in the cold months of Fall and Winter.
This is because Thermal Expansion takes place when cold water heats up, it expands, and causes the water heater to expand and contract (a little.) Tho this expanding and contraction is minor, it’s the final nail in the coffin for aging water heaters. As the nights get colder the showers get hotter and last longer, your old forgotten about water heater just might fail and flood your basement while you least expect it.
While the water heater are in like-new condition, or well maintained water heaters will be less impacted. And if you have a Thermal Expansion Tank, (you should) there is even less to worry about.
If you are unsure how old you water heater is and know it’s at least 15 years old or older, it’s time to have someone take a look at the water heater for signs of ware and tare. If you want some peace of mind, simply send us a couple pics of you current water heater to firstname.lastname@example.org and will give you an evaluation. If you want an estimate on maintenance service, flushing the tank, changing the anode rods etc, we can do that too.
Jay Sullivan and the Water Heating Crew, wishing you and your family a wonderful water heating season.