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Green Options for Water Heaters

The typical water heater runs all day and night to keep up to 100 gallons of water hot and ready for use. For a more eco-friendly experience, try alternatives that offer the same hot water without the [more…]

Choosing a Solar System to Supplement Your Water Heater

Dozens of different types of systems that use solar energy to supplement your hot water heater are available, but only a few have stood the test of time. Sticking with proven entities is always a good [more…]

Using a Drainback System to Heat Water

A drainback system lets you use solar power to heat water for your home. Indirect, active, closed-loop drainback systems are an excellent choice for heating water unless you receive a lot of snow and have [more…]

How to Care for Your Hot Water Heating System

A routine annual inspection and cleaning by a qualified, licensed heating contractor keeps your hot water heating system running for many years without trouble. But you can also keep an eye on the pressure [more…]

How to Prevent Rust in Your Water Heater

Most water-heater tanks are made of glass-lined steel. If water gets through imperfections in the glass, then you can count on rust and eventually a leak. But because the tank has no inspection ports, [more…]

Testing Your Water Heater Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve

Did you know that your water heater will function better and be safer if you do a little routine maintenance? Some water-heater experts recommend testing every six months. More frequent testing can reduce [more…]

How to Maintain Hot Water Heating Systems

Hot water heating systems need a little maintenance, like venting the radiators and draining the boiler, to keep things running efficiently. Gravity and hot water furnaces are not often installed in new [more…]

Insulating Your Water Heater for Improved Efficiency

An insulation blanket can make some water heaters more energy efficient. If your water heater is located in unconditioned space (a garage, basement, or attic) or you don’t want added heat, install a heavy [more…]

How to Clean Your Water Heater

If the bottom of your water heater fills with sludge, the heater won’t operate at peak performance. Sediment buildup also causes the water at the base of the tank to super-heat and turn to steam, resulting [more…]

How to Replace a Water Heater Dip Tube

When the hot water in your shower suddenly turns ice cold, you have the right to be frustrated. (That is, if the hot-water supply hasn’t been drained due to recent use.) If you receive this rude wake-up [more…]

How to Replace a Water Heater’s Thermocouple

If you have a gas water heater with a pilot light that won’t stay lit, it’s probably due to a failed thermocouple. The thermocouple is a thermoelectric device that shuts off the gas if the pilot light [more…]

How to Clean Your Water Heater’s Electric Elements

An electric water heater contains one or two heating elements similar to what you might find in your oven, except that they’re short and narrow. These electric elements can become laden with lime and mineral [more…]

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