Why You Should Drain Your Hot Water Heater
Over time, a nasty residue can build up in the base of your hot water unit. This residue is made up of any solid substances that are not absorbed by the water, such as sand or dirt granules. On top of that, mineral deposits can develop in the base of your hot water tank, leading to staining or rust within the water taps.
Residue or sediment in the base of your heating unit can hinder the proper operation of the drain valve and even impact the functionality of the entire heater, which in turn costs you dollars. In addition, because hot water breaks down materials that may not dissolve in cold water, the drained hot water can be excessively polluted with residue pollutants.
To keep up the effectiveness of your water heater and guarantee the best water quality for your home, you should drain your heater tank from time to time, preferably every six months.
How to Drain Your Hot Water Heater
Switch off the power to the water heater if it's electric. This is crucial to avoid having the heating element turn on while the tank is empty, which can result in the heating element burning out and possibly demanding replacement of the whole water heater.
If you have a gas heater in your home, remember the existing temperature setting on the gas dial, and then switch it to its lowest setting or on“Pilot.” Next, shut off the cold water supply valve, which is typically found on top of the heater.
Connect a hose to the drain valve situated at the base of the heater and run it into a bucket or other draining spot. Open the hot water faucet closest in proximity to the water heater to reduce system pressure.
Open the drain valve on the hot water heater and let it drain thoroughly. Once the tank is completely drained, you may want to try closing the drain valve and opening the cold water supply valve in order to scour out more gunk from the unit with the movement of the cold water.
Close the drain valve, remove the hose and turn on the cold water supply valve and allow the hot water heater to refill with cold water. Switch the power back on to your heater if it's electric, or set it back to its original setting if it's gas-powered.
Know When To Seek Professional Help
Oftentimes, crud may obstruct the drain valve opening, restricting water flow and requiring expert assistance. For outstanding support in your home, call All City Plumbing at (909) 552-7550.