Solve your hot water problems with these water heater repair and installation articles.
How to Flush a Water Heater
Have you flushed your water heater lately? This boring but important chore should be done at least once a year to remove sediment that accumulates on the bottom of the tank. That's especially true if you live in a hard-water area. The task is easy to blow off because it's out of sight—but skipping it is costing you a lot. Sediment buildup reduces the heating efficiency of your water heater.
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How to Fix a Water Heater Pilot Light
If your hot water heater suddenly stops working, chances are a bad thermocouple has shut off the gas to the pilot light. Replacement is an easy DIY repair.
Extend the Life of Your Water Heater by Replacing the Anode Rod
Replacing the anode rod in a water heater before it fails can slow down corrosion inside the tank and significantly extend the life of the water heater, sometimes even doubling it.
Fix a Leaking Water Heater
Fix common leaks from a temperature and pressure relief valve or a water heater drain valve by checking temperature settings and mineral deposits. A simple cap solves the water heater drain valve problem.
The Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters can save energy, but at a higher initial cost and they serve hot water one faucet at a time—so someone gets a cold shower if multiple showers are running.
How to Adjust Hot Water Heater Temperature
Learn a surefire method for finding the right setting on the hot water heater dial—cool enough to avoid accidental burns, but hot enough for a long, relaxing bath or shower.
Choosing a New Water Heater
We walk you through the pros and cons of high tech water heaters - tankless, heat pump, condensing gas and point-of-use models. They save energy and can save you money as well. When your old water heater dies, consider replacing it with one of these types, as well as efficient conventional models.
DIY Hot Water Heater Repair
Heating elements on electric hot water heaters sometimes fail long before the water heater, but replacing them in a hot water heater is an easy DIY repair.
How to Regulate the Hot Water Heater
Control the hot water temperature at faucets and showers that don't have anti-scald valves by installing either a mixing valve or a point-of-use tempering valve.