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4 Steps to Flushing Your Water Heater

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

Man's hands unscrewing a screw-nut on a water heater with a wrench on a boiler Maintaining a water heater is crucial to its longevity

Water Heater Flush- Follow This 4 Steps

A water heater is a necessary appliance in the home. However, it does take maintenance, which does not have to be performed by a plumbing specialist in Roxborough Park, CO. Part of that maintenance if routinely flushing the tank to reduce the amount of sediment buildup. To perform a water heater flush, you can follow this four-step process.

  1. Turn off the unit
  2. Connect a hose
  3. Open the drain valve
  4. Resupply water and turn on the unit

Turn Off the Unit
The first thing you need to do is turn off the power to the system. Water heaters come in two basic configurations: electric or gas. For electric tanks, cut the power to the unit by switching the circuit in your breaker box. For gas models, you'll have to shut off the gas valve, making sure that the pilot light is off.

Connect a Hose
Next, you can connect a garden hose to the drain hose, but don't open the valve yet. Instead, find an appropriate place for the water to drain. Keep in mind that the water coming out of the tank will be hot and could hurt plant life and vegetation.

Open the Drain Valve
Now, you can open the drain valve to begin flushing the unit. If you want the water to cycle faster, then you can turn on the nearest sink to the water heater. Then with the drain valve still open, turn off the supply valve. Wait for the water to stop draining from the tank. If you feel another flush is needed, then open the supply valve again, and let it run for a couple of minutes before, once again, shutting it off.

Resupply Water Turn On the Unit
Now, with the tank flushed, you can close the drainage valve. Reopen the supply valve and allow the tank to fill. Once you notice water streaming smoothly from the open faucet, you know the tank is filled, and you can turn off the sink. With the tank full, turn the power or gas back on, igniting the pilot light.
Maintaining a water heater is crucial to its longevity. Perform flushes periodically to ensure the flow of water.

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