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How To Flush Out Your Water Heater

How To Flush Out Your Water Heater

?Maintaining your plumbing is an important part of keeping your home safe and your family happy. Part of the process of keeping everything running smoothly is flushing out your water heater on an annual basis. Many homeowners fail to take this step either because they don't know they should do it in the first place, or because they don't understand why it is important. Once you better understand what the process is, and why it is important, you will know why it is a good idea to add it to your yearly maintenance schedule.

What Does "Flushing Out Your Water Heater" Mean?

When you flush out your water heater, you are cleaning out the buildup of sediments by completely draining, and then refilling your hot water tank. 

Why Should You Flush Out Your Water Heater?

When calcium, lime and other sediments start to collect on the bottom of your water heater, its efficiency begins to decline. It needs to run longer to heat the same amount of water. This increases your energy bill while failing to heat your water enough in the coldest weather. 

When people neglect to flush out their water heaters over an extended period, they can begin to see sediment leaving the tank and coming out of the faucets. Also, a buildup of sediment can reduce water pressure and damage pipes. 

When calcium, lime and other sediments start to collect on the bottom of your water heater, its efficiency begins to decline. It needs to run longer to heat the same amount of water. This increases your energy bill while failing to heat your water enough in the coldest weather.

How Can You Flush Out Your Water Heater? 

Most homeowners will want to hire a professional to handle the job of flushing out their water heater, but for those DIY experts out there, here are the steps necessary to flush out your water heater:

  1. Turn off the gas or electricity to your water heater.
  2. Make sure that the cold-water inlet is closed. Connect a hose to the drain off your heater, and position the end of the hose where it can drain without causing any problems. WARNING: The water coming out of your water heater will be extremely hot, so keep pets and kids away from the area. 
  3. Open the pressure relief valve and then the drain valve. Let the water tank empty. It is a good sign when you notice bits of sediments flowing out of the hose.
  4. Remove the hose and then close the drain valve on your tank. Shut off the pressure relief valve. 
  5. Turn on all the hot water taps in your home and then open the cold-water inlet to fill the tank. 
  6. Make sure the water flows through the hot water taps before closing them. Turn back on the electricity and gas to your tank. Relight the pilot light if necessary. 

Flushing out your water heater is as important as changing the oil in your car. Tennessee residents, avoid the hassle of doing it yourself and call 615-824-8098 to schedule an appointment. Speak with a Kimbro Air pro today!

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