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January 20, 2010

Green Your Appliances: Water-Heater Health

IStock_000011086955XSmall[1] Unless you're switching to a more energy-efficient model, it's usually better to repair a broken appliance than to replace it. But there's a lot you can do to prevent breakdowns in the first place. This week we’re offering tips about how to extend your appliances' life.

Tip #2: Flush Out Your Water Heater

Keep your water heater sediment-free by flushing it out at least once a year. If it's noisy, it’s probably because muck has accumulated in the tank, which reduces its ability to heat water efficiently and can clog the drain. Click here for the proper procedure for flushing out your tank and be careful – the water will be very hot. This simple step will help prevent costly repairs and replacements.

Share your tips: What do you do to keep your appliances in working order?

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