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What Does An Anode Rod Do?

If you’ve been reading about hot water heater repair, you may have come across the term “anode rod.” The anode rod plays a significant role in extending the life of your hot water heater, yet many consumers don’t know what one actually does. Heat, pressure, and chemical compounds in your water supply make hot water…
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How to Tell if Your Hot Water Heater is Leaking

Have you noticed a pool of water near your water heater? You may be wondering if your hot water heater is leaking, or if the standing water is due to a nearby pipe or appliance. If there is pooling of water on top, around the base, or in close proximity to your water heater, then…
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7 Ways to Make Your Hot Water Heater More Energy Efficient

Whether you’re looking to save money on energy costs or are interested in living a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle, you may be wondering how to make your hot water heater more efficient and utilize less energy. Water heaters are one of the largest energy-consume appliances in our modern households. In fact, according to the US Department…
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Top 5 Reasons to Stick With A Standard Tank Water Heater

There’s an ongoing debate concerning the merits of newer, tankless water heaters and traditional, tank-style water heaters, which every homeowner inevitably ends up having to navigate when the time comes to replace those old, tired water heaters. Tankless is the new, shiny option with touted energy savings on its side, but you may want to consider sticking with…
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Should I Buy A Gas Or Electric Water Heater?

If you’re in the market for a new hot water heater, you may be stuck trying to choose between purchasing a gas or electric water heater. And if you’ve done your research, you know there are pros and cons to each model. Whether you choose gas or electricity to heat your water largely depends upon…
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How Much Does A Water Heater Cost?

Are you in the market for a new hot water heater? If your old water heater recently broke, or if you’re considering replacing your existing one with a newer model, you may be wondering what a hot water heater unit and installation will run you. In short, there are many factors that contribute to the…
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Why Do Water Heaters Fail?

Have you checked on your water heater recently? If you’re like most homeowners, chances are you haven’t. In fact, most people don’t think about their water heater until it breaks. Hot water heaters have an average lifespan of ten years. That being said, regular maintenance is needed to keep your water heater running for the…
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Spring Is Here. (Sort Of) Time To Check Your Sump Pump

With spring finally drawing near after a long, snowy Capital Region winter, it’s now time to make sure your basement sump pump is running properly and ready for the season. Between the melting snow and ice and the typically heavy rains the region experiences in April and May, you’d be wise to make sure your…
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Low Water Pressure – The Causes and Cures

One of the most common plumbing complaints homeowners have—especially in older homes—is sluggish or low water pressure coming from faucets and showerheads. There can be a number of reasons for this symptom, which must be investigated in order to fix the problem and get the water flowing freely again. Some typical culprits that cause low…
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Something In The Water – Are Contaminants Killing Your Supply?

Despite its reputation for crisp, mountain springs and majestic stream-fed lakes, the water supplies in many areas of upstate New York contain a range of sediment that can be extremely tough on plumbing, and in some cases, even your health. Water heaters are especially sensitive to water quality, with hard, mineral-filled water often cutting the…
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