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How to Flush a Hot Water Heater

The water heater in your home serves an important purpose by keeping your water heated. Many people do not take the time to think about their water heater until it stops working. If your water heater no longer works, you may find yourself in the cold, literally. Not only will you be unable to warm your water, but if your home's heating system uses water, you may be left without heat.

Steps to Flush a Hot Water Heater

It is recommended that you clean your hot water heater every six months to two years to prevent the buildup of mineral deposits that can prevent it from functioning properly. Not only will this allow you to rest easy knowing you will have heat in the morning, but it can even extend the life of the machine. Luckily, flushing a hot water heater can be done without the help of a plumber.

When you flush a hot water heater, you must:

  1. Turn off the power to the heater before doing any work
  2. Shut off the cold water supply to the heater located near the top of the tank
  3. Open a hot water faucet in a nearby sink or tub
  4. Attach a garden hose to the drain located at the bottom of the heater and run the hose to a place where the water can discharge
  5. Open drain cock to allow the water to leave the heater
  6. After a few minutes, fill a bucket with the water leaving the hose to see if there is sediment at the bottom
  7. If there is sediment, flush cold water through the machine until the water runs clear and free of sediment
  8. Close the drain cock and remove the hose
  9. Turn on the water supply and let the tank fill up with water
  10. Close the water heater drain off
  11. Turn on the hot water supply and wait for hot water to run of the sink or tub spigot

Once this has been completed, you can use your faucets and hot water normally and you can now be assured that your hot water heater can stay running throughout the winter season.

If you have any questions about your hot water heater and whether or not it needs to be cleaned, contact your neighborhood plumbers at A-1 Sewer & Septic Service, Inc.

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