When the temperatures turn cold, most people turn their attention to the HVAC system in their home. While attention is needed in that area, there's another component of the home that's often overlooked. That component is the water heater. Your water heater needs extra attention once the weather turns cold. Take a look at the information provided below. These tips will help you avoid problems with your water heater this winter.

Inspect the Anode Rod

If you haven't inspected the anode rod on your water heater in a while, now's the time to get that taken care of. The anode rod is a crucial component on your water heater. This small piece of equipment is designed to prevent rust inside your water heater tank. Unfortunately, it's only designed to last for a few years and then it burns out. An annual inspection of your anode rod will help you avoid malfunctions during the winter.

Ensure Proper Insulation

If you're expecting freezing temperatures this winter, you need to ensure that your water heater is properly insulated against the elements. Freezing temperatures can destroy your water heater, especially constant exposure to those temperatures. To avoid problems related to freezing temperatures, including ruptured tanks and water pipes, provide adequate insulation. Use tank and pipe insulation to keep the system warm this winter.

Make Some Adjustments

When it comes to your water heater, winter requires a few adjustments, especially where the temperature is concerned. Problems with temperatures can cause some serious problems during the winter.


Now that the temperatures are dropping, you need to adjust the thermostat on your water heater. Turning the temperature down on your water heater will reduce your energy bills and help you avoid painful burns. If the temperature is too high on your water heater during the winter, you might not be able to feel the added heat when you step into the tub, especially if you've been out in the cold. Reducing the temperature setting will protect your skin.

Temperature Pressure Regulator

If you haven't tested your temperature pressure regulator this year, take the time to do that now. The temperature pressure regulator prevents too much pressure from building up in the tank. This regulator valve is located at the top of your tank. To test the regulator, simply lift up on the valve and let go. If you hear hissing or the sound of air escaping, have your water heater serviced immediately.

Contact a company, like Denton Gas Co., Inc., for more help.