Hot Water Heater Maintenance: How To Drain And Flush Your Hot Water Heater Quickly And Easily

Hot Water Heater Maintenance: How to Drain and Flush Your Hot Water Heater Quickly and Easily

Hot water heaters are one of those parts of our homes that we forget about until there’s a problem. Either they’re in a corner of our garages that we never look at or else tucked into a closet we never go into. But actively maintaining your water heater can be a great way to save money, since it lessens the risk that you’ll need to replace it and deal with any surprise water damage.

Watch this video to learn how to easily drain and flush your hot water heater to remove any sediment and build-up. It’s just six steps, and it can massively extend the life of you water heater and stop a massive headache or two. And you only have to do this every six months; some people may need to do it more or less often, but draining and flushing your hot water heater twice a year is a good practice.

Step One: Turn off your water supply. Many hot water heaters have an in-let pipe, but in the event that you don’t just find your main water valve and turn it about twenty times.

Step Two: If you have an electric water heater, unplug it. If you have a gas water heater, switch the gas valve to off. You don’t want something to be heating the water as you’re draining it.

Step Three: Find the drain valve at the bottom of the tank, and hook up one end of a garden hose to it. Make sure the other end of the hose either reaches to a drain outside or some part of your backyard where nobody (and nothing) is. You’ll be draining hot water, so make sure nobody is likely to get in the way or be injured.

Step Four: This is the step for initially draining the hot water heater. First, turn on a hot water faucet so air enters the system as you’re removing the water. Then simply open the drain valve. You’ll want to watch the hose to make sure it’s not leaking into your house – the whole idea is to avoid any potential water damage), and also keep any eye on where the water is draining to. You will soon see chunks of sediment – white, gray or clear – start to come out. In the video, she had four or so cups of sediment. If this is the first time you’ve drained your water heater, you could have more.

Step Five: Now you’re going to flush it to get any remaining sediment out of the tank. In order to do this, turn the water valve back on for a minute and then let the system continue to drain. The introduction of more water should knock those last bits of sediment loose and out through the hose. Keep repeating this step until there’s no more sediment in the water. And then you’re all finished for another six months!

Step Six: Putting your hot water heater back to normal is super simple. Just undo all of the previous steps. Shut off the drain valve and unhook the hose, turn on the water supply, and turn on your gas (or plug the water heater back in.

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