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How To Flush a Water Heater

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Man's hands unscrewing a screw-nut on a water heater with a wrench on a boiler Regularly flushing your water heater will keep it running smoothly.

What Is The Best Way To Flush A Water Heater?

A water heater is an extremely important item in every household. You need hot water to bathe, wash dishes, do laundry, and wash your hands. To keep your tank in Calimesa, CA, running smoothly, you should flush it out annually.

1. Gather Supplies and Prepare the Area
Figure out where the water will go. If there is not a drainage option near the location of your tank, a bucket could work. Gather a garden hose, work gloves, and a screwdriver. Have multiple towels nearby that you don't mind ruining just in case your draining goes off track.

2. Turn Off The Water Heater
If your tank runs on electricity, turn off the main breaker at your breaker box. If it runs on gas, turn off the gas so that the pilot goes out.

3. Connect the Hose
Put on the work gloves to protect your hands from the hot water and components. Attach the garden hose to the drain valve on the tank. Run the other end to the drainage option you set up.

4. Drain the Tank
Open the drain valve and let the water flow for several minutes. Turn on a nearby hot water faucet to help the water drain quickly and smoothly. After a few minutes, turn off the water supply valve. Once the flow of water stops completely, turn the valve back on for another water heater flush before closing it again.

5. Close Valves and Resupply Water
Once everything has been drained, close the valves and turn the water supply back on. Watch the flow of the water in the faucet you left running. After air flows out of the system, the flow will be smooth and consistent and you'll know the tank is full and flowing properly.

6. Turn On the Power and the Heating Element
Once you are sure the tank is full, restore power to the tank and turn on the heating element. Shut off the faucet you left running.

Regularly flushing your water heater will keep it running smoothly. Preventing problems lessens the need for water damage repair specialists should unexpected leaks cause water damage.

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