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I’m having a problem with the efficiency of my water heater. What gives?

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Answer

Water heaters, much like drains, have the tendency to acquire their own form of build-up, which are usually lime and sediment deposits. It is important to clear out this build-up periodically the water heater’s performance level can be negatively affected. It is recommended to drain some water from your water heater tank, around a gallon, about 3-4 times a year. Doing so can help reduce levels of sediment that may be building up in your water heater. Another way to check to monitor the performance level of your water heater is by checking the burner. A healthy, safe flame looks blue with yellow tips. If your flame is discolored or the area underneath your water heater has acquired areas of soot, you need to contact a professional to take a look at it. You could have a dangerous clog that requires immediate attention for safety purposes.

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