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How to maintain your hot water heater

Winter is quickly approaching, which means that now is the perfect time to make sure that all of your home's systems are up and running as well as they can be. This is especially important when it comes to your hot water heater, because you will be faced with frigid showers on those cold winter mornings if that machine breaks down. Not only will you be uncomfortable in your household, the hot water heater can also be very pricey to repair.

One of the most important things you can do for the hot water heater is flush out the tank by the end of fall. Like any other plumbing system in your home, sediment and other debris can build up inside, which will have a harmful impact on how well the machine can do its job. Flushing it out every several months will help you avoid any blockages or clogging that can occur, which will increase the lifespan of your tank exponentially.

You should also keep the temperature set to the recommended number. For most water heaters, the water inside should be no hotter than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping it any hotter could be damaging to the pipes, not to mention make your morning showers too scalding for you to be in there comfortably. You should check the thermostat periodically to ensure that it has not changed while the machine has been in use and adjust it accordingly.

While a hot water heater is a part of the home that most homeowners can manage on their own, the truth is there will be issues that you won't be able to solve. If you are facing an issue with your water heater, be sure to set-up an appointment with an Arlington, VA plumber from John C. Flood for our Arlington water heater repair services.