How to Flush a Springfield Water Heater

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Springfield MO

Ok, so it is not a glamorous water heater maintenance task, however it does need a little cleaning up from time to time. Yes, today Water Heater Repair Springfield MO is going to instruct one on ways to eliminate a water heater. Some suggest doing so as soon as every one to 3 years, we feel it is best to do so once a year. Doing this is not a challenging or time consuming project – heck, let the kids provide a hand even.

Why Flush a Springfield MO Water Heater?

If it is last the recommended life expectancy of the unit, it needs to have some kind of routine flushing done. Doing so will certainly aide in having it run as effectively as possible, which likewise means conserving cash on the expenditure of running the darn thing. That alone should be an excellent enough reason we feel!

In terms of water heater upkeep, flushing it will get free of the accumulation of mineral deposits that natural occurs inside the water storage tank. If one has actually ever had loud sounds, popping, gurgling, mini-explosion sounds, that is a sign that there is too much sediment inside the tank. This flushing procedure will assist see to it that the tank heats water a lot more quietly.

Step 1. If it is an electric water heater, turn the power off in the primary electric breaker box and turn the cold water supply off. If it is a gas heater, it is ok to leave the gas on – simply turn the water off. Though, turn the thermostat setting dial to the pilot setting (make a note to keep in mind what it was initially set at though for later on). Then, whichever faucet the water heater supplies is closest should be opened. This is usually easier than opening the pressure relief valve, however one can do that rather.Water Heater Repair Springfield MO

Step 2. At the bottom of the water heater is a drain valve that a garden watering hose can be attached to. There might be a cover over it depending upon the manufacturer. Think about turning the heat to the pilot setting numerous hours prior to flushing it if one desires so the water isn’t going to be as hot when it is drained. If that is not a choice that’s fine, just make certain the garden hose used is in great shape to stand up to the greater temperature water.

Run the hose outside far from your home or if the water has already cooled, one can drain the tank into buckets.

Step 3. Open the water heater’s drain valve and begin draining the water. For whatever reason the drain valve is typically made of plastic, so if one has an older water heater (and one that has not been drained since before time began) it could stick a little. Simply be careful to not break the plastic (which is why it would be nice if the darn thing was NOT made of plastic).Water Heater Repair Springfield

As soon as the drain valve is open, also open the pressure relief valve on the unit. Water will (at least it should if it pressure relief valve is working effectively) stream some from it. Attempt to let is stream stable and not too quick so it stirs up the sediment in the water heater. We want the sediment to drain out the bottom through the hose.

If draining in a bucket, even if having the hose drain into a bucket beyond the garage or basement where the water heater is located, fill a bucket and let it sit to see if the water is clear or if there is sediment, which will typically appear like sand in the bottom of the bucket. Simply keep draining it till the water is clear.

Step 4. Close the drain on the bottom of the storage tank and close the pressure relief valve if it is still open.

Step 5. Turn the water supply on once again to fill the tank. When it is full once more, slowing open the pressure relief valve once more to get some excess air out of the tank. Then, open a hot water faucet in the home to get even more air out of the system.

Step 6. Let the hot water in the bathtub run till a full stream is streaming out. When that happens, it is ok to turn the power back on if it is an electric water heater, or reset the temperature level setting for a gas water heater. Obviously, turn the bathtub faucet off. In about 20 minutes, the hot water ought to be heated up once again.

There you go! Water Heater Repair Springfield MO is here to respond to any concerns you could have. Next take a look at our post on what to do if one has no hot water.

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