If your water heater feels hot when you touch it, it’s a sign that you need to insulate it because it is losing heat to the outside air, which will affect its efficiency and performance.
In order to insulate your water heater properly, you must first gather all of the materials required for the process, which includes gloves, electrical tape, a dust mask, scissors and marker. You will also need an insulation blanket, which you can try to purchase from an energy company that will sell them at a low price or from your local hardware store if your energy company cannot provide you with one. Make sure you purchase one that fits your hot water tank specifically. Before you begin, you must turn off your hot water heater and this is incredibly important to do so that you don’t find yourself in danger. If you have a gas water heater, you must turn the valve to the pilot position so that you can wrap your hot water heater properly. If the blanket you have does not fit your water heater perfectly, you will have to customize it because a loose blanket will not get the job done and will be unable to insulate your hot water heater effectively, which will defeat the purpose.
Once you’re sure that the blanket fits, it’s time to wrap it around your tank and in order to do so, you will have to put on your gloves and a dust mask and use your tape to hold it in place. Do not wrap the top if you have a gas water heater. If your blanket covers any electrical panels, gas valves, pipes or burner elements, you will have to use your marker to trace these elements and their location directly on the insulating blanket. Once you do this, you can remove the blanket and cut out those areas so that the parts are both exposed and visible when the blanket is wrapped around it.
Electrical tape will help you secure the blanket in place and once you complete this step, you will be able to turn the power back on, although you should take advantage of this opportunity to drain and flush your hot water heater. This will help extend the lifespan of your tank while keeping your water clean and clear.
After you’re done insulating your water heater, you can proceed by lowering the temperature setting, which will help lower the cost of your monthly energy bill. If you’d like a professional to help with this task or assist with any other plumbing issues, contact Aslan Plumbing in Winnipeg. They offer a number of services, including drain cleaning, so for plumbers, you can trust and a company you can rely on, call Aslan Plumbing today!