To keep your water heater working properly, flush it once a year. This removes sediment from the bottom of the tank. Sediment reduces your water quality and the efficiency of your water heater. It can even cause your water heater an untimely demise.
Shut Off Gas/Electricity
Shut off the energy source for your water heater. You can do this at the main circuit breaker if your appliance uses electricity. If you have a gas water heater, turn the knob to “pilot” to shut off the gas.
Open A Hot Water Faucet
Open a hot water faucet in your home, preferably your kitchen sink. This helps your water heater drain faster. It also prevents a vacuum from forming in your pipes.
Turn Off Cold Water and Connect a Hose
Turn off the cold water supply above your water heater. Then connect a hose to the drain valve at the bottom and place the other end outside where it can safely drain.
Empty the Tank
Open the drain valve, which may need to be done with a screwdriver. It will take around a half-hour to drain the tank. You can look at the water pouring out to get an idea of how much sediment there is.
Flush the Tank
You need to flush the tank to remove any sediment still at the bottom. Do this by turning the cold-water spigot on and off every few seconds. Continue this pattern until the water coming out of the hose is clear.
Reactivate Your Water Heater
Close the water valve, detach the hose and turn the cold water supply back on. You can then restore electricity or gas to your water heater. Remember to shut off the hot water tap inside your home.
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