As the weather gets colder, ensuring your hot water system is working efficiently becomes crucial. Without hot water, it's tough to survive the chilly winter days. Therefore, before the onset of winter, it's essential to check your hot water system thoroughly.

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Here are some hot water checks you should take as we head into winter:

  1. Check the water heater's thermostat Before the winter season starts, it's vital to check the thermostat on your water heater. If your thermostat is not working correctly, your water temperature may not be hot enough. It's recommended to set the thermostat to 60°C, which is hot enough to kill any bacteria and ensure your hot water is at a safe temperature.
  2. Inspect the pressure relief valve the pressure relief valve is an essential safety feature of your hot water system. It's designed to release any excess pressure, preventing the tank from exploding. Check the valve for any leaks and ensure it's working correctly before the colder months.
  3. Check for leaks and corrosion Inspect the hot water system for any leaks, corrosion or damage that might have occurred since the last time you checked. If you notice any leaks, rust, or corrosion, it's time to call a plumber to repair or replace the system.
  4. Flush the tank Over time, sediment can build up at the bottom of your water tank, reducing the efficiency of the system. Flushing the tank before the onset of winter will remove any build-up and ensure your hot water system is operating efficiently.
  5. Insulate the pipes Insulating your hot water pipes is an effective way to keep your hot water system running efficiently in winter. Insulation helps to prevent heat loss, ensuring that hot water reaches your taps quickly and efficiently.

In conclusion

Taking these hot water checks before winter is essential to ensure your hot water system runs smoothly and efficiently. If you're unsure how to check or maintain your hot water system, don't hesitate to call a professional plumber. Mr Splash Plumbing is always available to help with any hot water issues you may have. Stay warm this winter and keep your hot water system in good condition!

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