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Tips for the home fall

Fall Maintenance Tips: Water Heaters

Water heaters may be one of the appliances in your home you pay no mind to – that is until it stops working correctly. Routine maintenance is key to prolonging your units efficiency; if it’s not properly maintained, it may stop functioning all together or result in bursts of cold water when least expected.

With water heaters working extra hard in winter months, it’s important to prep them now before the real cold sets in. Add water heater maintenance to your fall maintenance checklist – just remember, while performing these tasks wear gloves, goggles, and other protective clothing!


Check the pressure valve – Whether you have a gas or electric water heater, a pressure relief valve is installed as a safety precaution. Should your tank over-pressurize, it helps to release some pressure. Without it working properly your tank could explode!

  • For an easy test, turn off the gas switch to pilot (or cut its electricity) then make sure to shut off the cold water feed to the water heater. Use a bucket to catch water from the pressure relief valve and position it underneath. Then, give the trip lever on the valve a pull. You should hear a slight rush of air or see some water and vapor escape through the valve. If not – drain the tank and have it replaced.

Flush the tank – Over time, sediment builds up in your water heater which can limit the amount your water heater holds, cause clogs, and reduce it’s efficiency. Periodically flushing the tank helps avoid these problems while also extending the life of your unit!

  • To do so, repeat the above – turn off the gas switch to the pilot (or cut its electricity) and shut off the cold water feed. You may want to wait some time for the water to cool down, then work on connecting a garden hose to the tank’s drain valve that can lead into a nearby sink or bucket. With the pressure relief valve open, open the drain valve and allow the tank to drain completely. Then, close the tank drain valve, disconnect the hose, and close the pressure relief valve. Turn back on the water supply to fill the tank and finish by restoring power to your sediment-free unit.

If you are unsure about anything regarding your water heater – give the professionals a call. Our Patterson Plumbing & Heating plumbers are gas and electric water heater repair experts. For over 25 years we’ve been helping families keep hot water flowing in their homes and can fix all makes and models! Contact us today for fast, friendly, and courteous service: 719-544-4922.

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Save Money On Your Heating Bill This Season!

Wood burning stove

We know how much Colorado weather fluctuates. While now, information on saving on your heating bill may seem irrelevant – once the winter chill officially sets in having this in your back pocket is sure to help you prepare for the fall/winter season.

Keep the below tips in mind when looking to save on your heating and energy bills:

Turn Down The Thermostat: Did you know you can save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your thermostat? When you leave the house, turn your thermostat down and turn it back up a bit when you return home. There’s no need to heat the house while nobody’s in it!

Insulate: Make sure your home is properly insulated. Insulating is an affordable way to retain heat in your home. You can save as much as 20-30% on your heating bills by insulating your attic and basement.

Lower Your Hot Water Heater: We understand there is nothing better than taking a hot, steamy shower in the middle of winter to thaw out. However, keeping your water heater set to a high temperature is burning money faster than you can imagine. Sacrifice a few degrees for tremendous savings!

Turn On Your Ceiling Fan: Hot air rises! Turning your ceiling fan on in reverse can actually circulate warm air around your home.

Start A Fire: If you have a wood-burning fireplace in your home, start a fire! This is an inexpensive way to heat your home without turning up the thermostat.

Open Blinds and Curtains: Opening your blinds and curtains during the day will allow natural heat from the sun to enter through your windows. Close them at night to retain the warmth.

Our plumbers, drain cleaning techs and home heating and air conditioning professionals can repair any problem with your home’s plumbing, furnace, boiler or air conditioning. To learn more about what we can do for you, dial (719) 554-4922 today!

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