A lot of people don’t understand that to keep their water heater working properly they have to perform basic water heater maintenance. Just like you need to do this with your own body by going to a doctor, or for your car regularly, it is really an critical tool to longevity. When water is pumped to your water heater’s tank, dirt and minerals settle on the bottom. This may instantly cause your heater to lose its usefulness and if fully neglected, lessen the years of use you could have. Getting a bucket and hose are tools that will assist you. Do not forget also gloves to protect your hands.
Flushing is an yearly chore relatively simple to do, and doesn’t take too much time while 40 or 50 gals water drains and refills the tank. Flushing removes calcium or any other mineral sediment build-up on the bottom of the tank which otherwise minimizes capacity and insulates the water from the bottom fired gas burner or in-tank electrical element, lowering heating efficiency.
Very carefully open the temperature/pressure relief valve at the top of the tank by lifting the lever. Keep the valve open. Open the drain valve at the bottom of the heater enabling the water to flow out through the garden hose. If the sediment is clogging the drain valve then try closing the temperature/pressure relief valve and turn the cold inlet valve back on to “power flush” the sediment out.
In some instances the sediment hardens in to huge chunks that may block the drain valve. If that’s the case, then wait until everything cools down, take away the garden hose from the drain valve, take off the valve if needed, and make use of a long screw driver to break up the clog. This is a very sloppy procedure.
For most people who don’t have the time, the inclination, or the tools to maintain their water heater, calling a plumber is an excellent method to keep the water heater well-maintained. Getting a plumber to do the work is a time-saving way of getting things done. Yet, there are several plumbers who aren’t properly licensed and you ought to avoid these.
Right now you’ve got peace of mind in the assurance you have done what you could to prolong the life of your water heater, and cut down on your electrical or gas utility bill.