4 Steps To Draining Your Water Heater

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There are many things involved in maintaining and taking care of your water heater, including draining it. This is something many homeowners forget about until they start experiencing problems with the appliance. By draining the water and flushing it regularly, you can avoid more serious complications. This allows you to clean out the build-up that might collect at the bottom of the water heater. Here are the steps required to draining the water heater.

Do a Quick Flush First

Before you completely drain your water heater, you should start by performing what is called a quick flush. You will do this before shutting off the water supply. For a quick flush, you want to remove excess water from the valve of the appliance. You can do this by hooking up a hose to the drain of the water heater and activating the valve. Leave it on for a few seconds, then turn it off. This lets you do a quick flush of any water that is stuck in the valve by using the appliance's water pressure. It is going to help you with the next few steps of the process.

Disconnect the Power

Once you have done the quick flush, disconnect both the power and the water supply. You should choose a day when other people in your home don't need to access hot water for a while. Find the water supply to the water heater, located near the valve, and turn it off. Also turn off any water supply going to the heater from the main water line, which prevents any accidents while flushing it. In addition, turn off electricity or gas near the water heater so you can avoid a more serious accident while working with the water heater.

Get it Ready to be Drained

If you did the quick flush, you might already have the water heater ready. This involves hooking up a hose to the drain valve connected to the water heater. Do this now if it hasn't been done already. Be sure your drain valve is open prior to connecting it in order to flush it correctly. You also need to pull an end of the hot flex line and move it to the side to allow air into the tank. This line is located above the water heater. This will give it enough pressure from the air to push out the water from the drain valve. Go ahead and drain the water heater now so no water is left inside.

Flush the Water and Re-fill it

You are now ready to flush the water heater with fresh water to clean the inside of the appliance. Reconnect the water and electricity so you can turn the appliance on. Turn on the water heater for a few seconds, allowing it to flush some water through it and right down the drain valve. Turn it off, then back on doing this several times. When you flush it, remove the hose and turn it on as you normally would to let it fill back up with water.

If you feel you need professional help, contact local plumbers, such as Beaman Bros Plumbing & Heating.

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