When was the last time you performed maintenance on your hot water heater? Chances are it’s been a while and your water heater is due for some well-needed service. Luckily, there is an easy step by step guide to do just that.
Step 1: Head to your hot water heater and figure out if yours is gas or electric. Carefully turn off the gas or electric, depending on which one you have. (Opt to do this the night before to save your heater from heating up water that will be eventually drained.)
Step 2: Shut off the water by locating the water shut off valve and turning it to the off position. Then, attach a hose to the spout of the water drain. The spout is usually located towards the bottom of the unit. Place the other end of the hose outside of your home
Step 3: Open the water drain so water begins to drain from the tank. Eventually, the water will stop draining, this is when you need to open the pressure release valve. By doing this, air will enter the tank and allow the remaining water to be drained.
Step 4: Some of the water towards the end will seem dirty, but that is actually the sediment and minerals sitting at the bottom of the tank. Letting out this buildup is the reason why you’re draining the tank in the first place. Allow the tank to fully drain, which should take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.
Step 5: Once the hose stops draining water, turn off the water drain and remove the hose. Place a bucket underneath the water drain and turn the water back on. Keep the pressure release valve open and open up the water drain once again. This will flush the remaining sediment left in the tank. Keep draining the tank until the water coming out is fully clear.
Step 6: Turn the water drain off, close the pressure release valve, and turn the water on. Wait until the tank has fully refilled before turning either the gas or electric back on. Congratulations! You now have a clean and efficient hot water heater to use all over again.
A quick draining of your hot water heater can increase not only its efficiency, but also its lifespan. When your hot water heater needs repair or professional service, contact the pros at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-8198.