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  1. How To Flush A Water Heater

    September 13, 2012 by admin | Category: Educational, Helpful, InformationTags: , , , | Comments (0)

    Flushing your water heater is a simple project.   Mineral deposits build up in the water heater causing it to run less efficiently. If you will flush the water heater once a year, you can extend its life.  See the following instructions below, followed by a step by step video that will show you exactly what to do:

    Electric water heater -Turn the power off.

    Gas water heater – Set the control knob to the pilot position.

    Cut the water supply off to your water heater.  Remove the aerator from the kitchen faucet and turn on the hot water side.  This will allow air into the water heater so it can drain.  Attach a garden hose to the drain valve and drain the water heater.  When your tank is empty you can remove your drain valve and install  a ball valve or you can try a flush with your regular drain valve.

    To flush hot water heater- turn the water supply on and off several times, each time allowing the heater to drain until its empty.

    You’ll only want to add 3 to 5 gallons each time. Do this until the water runs clear.  When you’re finished, close the drain valve and refill the tank.  Let the hot side of the kitchen faucet run until all the air is out of the line.  Replace the aerator.

    Turn the power on (electric water heater).

    Turn the control knob back to the on position (gas water heater).


    Check out this video to see exactly how to flush a water heater!

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