Water heater maintenance is crucial as we move into colder months in Salisbury, MD.   If you want to make sure that your water heater is ready for company, holidays, and long showers, consider having it checked by a professional this fall.

Increase the Efficiency of Your Water Heater

One of the best ways to maximize the efficiency of the water heater in your home is to flush the tank.  Flushing the tank gets rid of sediment that may cause build-up. Residue makes it harder for the water to heat.  An annual flush will also help you avoid rust in the tank.


The efficiency of your water heater may increase if you decide to insulate your pipes and tank.  Insulation helps keep heat inside the water heater, so it doesn’t take more energy to keep the water at the right temperature.

Adjust the Temperature

If the water in your home is too hot for you, or the other members of your household, adjust the temperature.  A lower temperature is safer, uses less energy, and prevents people from getting burned by the water.


Make sure to have your water heater inspected for rust regularly.  Keeping rust and sediment out of your water heater tank will help it last much longer.  It would help if you also had the (TPR) temperature and pressure relief valve tested.  Having an expert inspect your tank and valve may give you assurance that your water heater is ready for the rest of the year.

Be Aware

Look for typical water heater problems:

  • If the pipes attached to your water heater leak, call for repair services right away.
  • A leaky tank is also an emergency. If your tank keeps leaking, it can damage your home, and you will need to replace your water heater.
  • If you notice strange smells or sounds coming out of your water heater, call for an inspection.
  • Rust or brown colored water means that your tank is rusty on the inside. Have your tank inspected, so you know if it is time to replace your tank.

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