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Solve your hot water problems with these water heater repair and installation articles.

  1. 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.

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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Replacing a Water Heater


    When your water heater begins to leak, you have to replace it fast. We'll show you how to install your own gas water heater in less than a day. Even if you don't need a new water heater right now, chances are you will within the next few years. Water heaters tend to last seven to 15 years. If yours is getting old, this article is also for you. Replacing a water heater isn't difficult if you're handy with basic tools and have a bit of experience soldering copper.

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