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Tips for Maintaining Your Water Heater in the Winter

Published by Luke Weiden

Many people take hot water for granted, especially in the winter when the Chicago temperatures are constantly extremely cold. You likely think about HVAC maintenance at least occasionally, but we also encourage you to invest in water heater maintenance to stay on top of your hot water needs. Part of our heating and cooling repair service near Niles also includes water heater maintenance. During a water heater maintenance appointment, we can prevent the need for further appointments by catching problems before they get worse.


Think back to last winter – did your shower take a long time to get hot? Or maybe it didn’t get hot at all. Consider adding insulation to the storage tank or pipe insulation to the water lines if your water heater is tankless. If your water heater is located in an uninsulated basement or mechanical room, the insulation process is especially important.


Make sure to flush or drain your water heater on a regular basis, about every 6 months. If your home runs on hard water, you may want to consider doing this more often. Simply run a hose from the drain valve to either the outside or to a floor drain and refill the tank with cold water.

Look at the Temperature

During the winter, you may want to consider setting your water heater to a higher temperature. This is a simple oversight that many of our customers make.

Check the Relief Valve

Make sure to open the temperature pressure relief valve and see if any water comes out. If it doesn’t, make sure to call us for a replacement as soon as possible.

Get in Touch with Our Team

Many of our customers feel comfortable completing basic water heater maintenance on their own, but there are some parts of the process that require a professional. For water heater maintenance or heating and cooling repair service near Niles, please call our team at Deljo Heating & Cooling today.