The water heater is one of those plumbing devices that we have in our home that we never really speak of until a problem arises. So long as it continues to do its job, giving us plenty of hot water for showers, laundry and dishes, we think all is going well. When our energy bills go up, we think that it is the gas or electric companies that are increasing their rates, not our water heaters that are using more and more energy to heat our water.Learn more at this page
In fact, the water heater in your home endures more wear and tear than virtually any other plumbing device in your house. “What is it?” you ask. It is because the entire time it is going. Day and night the metal inside the tank of your water heater soaks in a hot water bath that comes filled with rocks, sediments and other chemical compounds that accelerate metal corrosion unless you filter the water in your home. Chemicals which settle in a thick coating of slimy mud and rust on the inside of the water heater tank that reduces the efficiency of your heater and eats away the metal until it fails catastrophically all over your hardwood floors and carpet.
Water heater maintenance is really pretty easy compared to many other household chores and yet a surprising number of people don’t know how to do it. By just flushing the sediment tank once every 6 months, a homeowner will add years of life to its water heater.
You will need: eye protection (hot water and/or sand in your eyes is no pleasure, trust me) to flush the hot water tank of your heater. A pair of pinchers Maybe a screwdriver A hose You can use a regular garden tub. However, you might want to consider buying a dedicated hose that can be left attached to the water heater and simply unroll whenever you drain it. This will also may wear on the threads of the drain pipe, while saving you the trouble of lugging a hose into your home every six months. Most modern heaters have their drain with nylon (plastic) spigots. If your hose has metal threads, the plastic threads will inevitably be stripped on and off repeatedly and you will call a plumber to repair them long before you need to replace the device.
Phase 1-Cut Water Heater Power Go to your electrical service line. Locate your hot water heater and shut off the breaker. If you don’t, then your boiler will continue to run, trying to heat water while you flush it down the drain. When you’re done, just don’t forget to turn it back on.
Step 2-Locate the drain of the water heater The drain to your water heater will be near the bottom of the tank and should look like a spigot for the garden hose.
Step 3-Attach the hose to the water heater Avoid screwing the hose all the way up to the drain. The water that comes out is going to be full of sand and rust, and under heat. If the tube comes loose, you’ll have one huge mess to clean up so use pliers to tighten it all the way on the bib if necessary. Do not over tighten by the same way or you will call your plumber to remove the drain spigot even before you need a new heater.
Phase 4–Move the hose out of the window or out of the door or in a tub. Just be sure the water that you drain from your boiler doesn’t end up creating a mess elsewhere. Also, if not years of sediment and minerals you extract months. In your lawn, this isn’t the kind of stuff you want. It will also be under full pressure coming out of the hose, so be sure to tie this down and take steps to prevent splashing.
Step 5-Open the drain You will need a screwdriver to open the drain valve on Whirlpool water heaters like this one. Other brands may have handles on their levers, or may need another tool. Slowly open the drain valve until you have a full flux.
Step 6-Let it drain Depending on how long you have been waiting to flush your system, you may need to allow your water heater drain from five to twenty minutes for anywhere. The water can be brownish and you’ll see scale flakes, sand and small stones made up of mineral deposits. You’ll know that when the water runs clear, you’re done. If the water is 100 per cent clear before you run out of time, don’t worry. At the bottom of the tank the sediment will resettle and your hot water will be as clean as it was, just come back in a month or two and drain the water heater again.
Step 7-Close the valve and put your hose away. I figure this step does not require much clarification.
Step 8-Turn your water heater back on As I said at the beginning, don’t forget this step or your morning shower will be much warmer than you would have preferred. While most of the water that you drained from the tank of the heater came straight down from the supply line, a good portion of the hot water in the top of the tank was flushed out too. It’ll probably take an hour or two for the hot water to return to normal temperature, depending on the size and type of heater you have.
Regularly flushing your water heater can save you Millions Ask ten plumbers how long the average water heater will last and you will receive ten different responses. Part of the reason for this is that water mineral content and sediment content depend entirely on where you live and how you get your water. (The EPA requires municipalities to provide annual reports to residents.