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4 Tips for Flushing Your Water Heater

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Man's hands unscrewing a screw-nut on a water heater with a wrench on a boiler Consider flushing your water heater

4 Tips for Flushing Your Water Heater

Steady, consistent hot water is a little slice of paradise for the majority of people. If your home in Fort Collins, CO, has been having hot water trouble, consider flushing your water heater. It needs to be flushed at least once per year to clear any sediment or small debris.

1. Turning off the Power
Before performing the water heater flush, be sure to disconnect the power. If your heater is gas-powered, turn off the gas line and be sure the pilot light extinguishes. If you have an electric model, look inside your circuit breaker.

2. Measuring Your Hose
When you are ready to connect your garden hose to the drain valve on your tank, be sure to measure the distance the hose will need to go with a tape measure. This way, you won't have to disconnect everything after setup when you realize the hose isn't long enough.

3. Draining the Tank
Once you open the drain valve on your water heater and it beings to drain, turn on the hot water faucet in your kitchen or bathroom. This will allow the water to drain smoothly from the tank. After a few minutes have passed, turn off the water supply valve. Then, once the flow of water stops, open the valve and repeat for another quick flush.

4. Returning to Normal
After all the water has drained, it's time to close the drain valve and turn the water supply back on. Return to your faucets and wait until the water is continuous with no air coming out. After that, you can relight your pilot light or return to the circuit breaker to begin heating your tank. Additionally, if, along the way somewhere, you accidentally broke a pipe or spilled a large amount of water somewhere, consider calling a professional water damage cleanup service to take care of the hassle for you.
With consistent maintenance, your water heater can easily last for many years.

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