Be honest: When was the last time you thought about your water heater, much less took a look at it? If your hot water's been running consistently, chances are you haven't given the heater much consideration. It's one of those appliances we tend to take for granted – until, of course, we wake up to a freezing-cold shower or a totally dry tap.

By giving your water heater a little more attention, you can prevent those unpleasant scenarios and avoid spending more than you need to on water heater repair in Montgomeryville, PA. Here are three simple ways to keep your water heater – and, in turn, your household – happy.

Listen. Your water heater might be trying to tell you something. Those squeaks, groans, and rumbling noises that you hear at night aren't mere nuisances – more likely, it's your heater signaling that something is amiss.

As we mentioned in our last blog, unusual noises coming from your heater can be the result of loose heating elements, an old heat trap in need of replacement, or a phenomenon known as "water hammering." Any of these issues can result in serious damage to your heater, so if you hear something unusual, call a plumber who will be able to diagnose the problem.

Look. We all know the saying: Out of sight, out of mind. Is your water heater tucked in a corner of the basement, gathering cobwebs? We're not necessarily telling you to dust it, but we do recommend that you visually inspect your heater once a month.

Leaks are the most obvious sign of a water heater problem. Carefully examine the base of the heater for sediment or standing water, and inspect the pipes leading in and out of it, as well.

Remember that a more involved inspection of your water heater is potentially dangerous, so if you see something amiss, call a professional for help.

Make Time for TLC. We all need regular check-ups to stay healthy – and yes, that rule extends to household appliances. Without preventative repair, your Abington household is almost guaranteed to experience water heater failure far ahead of the typical 10 to 15 year lifespan.

On the other hand, scheduling annual maintenance on your water heater reduces the likelihood of serious problems with your hot water supply (and when you choose Ben Franklin Levittown, you're guaranteed 100% satisfaction).

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We hope that the next time you take a hot shower or wash the dishes, you'll be content knowing that all is well with your water heater. But if you notice a problem, give Ben Franklin Levittown a call at (215) 515-0918. Our friendly representatives are happy to answer your questions and schedule an inspection or repair.