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When was the last time you checked on your water heater? It is one of those appliances that we only notice when it isn’t working, isn’t that true? The only problem is when your water heater fails, you are stuck with no ability to take a hot shower, and that can get ugly quick.

So what should you look for to make sure that your water heater is in good repair? Well, an early warning sign of a water heater with issues is when you notice leaks around it. There are many reasons why this could be happening, a faulty valve, broken seals, or even issues with rust, but once you notice it, you should immediately take action to fix the issue before it gets worse.

You can also check the pressure relief valve to make sure it functions properly. When you lift it you should hear it hiss as it lets out steam, and it should snap back into place as soon as you let go of it.

To keep sediment from building up in your water heater, you should occasionally empty it out using the drain valve underneath the water heater.

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