How to Flush a Rockford Water Heater

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Rockford IL

Ok, so it is not a glamorous water heater maintenance task, but it does require a little cleaning up from time to time. Yes, today Water Heater Repair Rockford IL is going to instruct one on ways to flush out a water heater. Some suggest doing so once every one to 3 years, we feel it is best to do so once a year. Doing so is not a tough or time consuming project – heck, let the children lend a hand even.

Why Flush a Rockford IL Water Heater?

If it is last the advised life expectancy of the device, it ought to have some sort of routine flushing done. Doing so will clearly aide in having it run as successfully as possible, which likewise implies conserving money on the cost of running the darn thing. That alone should be a sufficient reason we feel!

In regards to water heater maintenance, flushing it will do away with 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 noises, that is an indicator that there is too much sediment inside the tank. This flushing procedure will assist ensure that the tank heats water far more quietly.

Step 1. If it is an electric water heater, turn the power off in the main electric breaker box and turn the cold water supply off. If it is a gas heater, it is ok to leave the gas on – just turn the water off. Though, turn the thermostat setting dial to the pilot setting (make a note to bear in mind exactly what it was originally set at though for later). Then, whichever faucet the water heater supplies is closest requires to be opened. This is normally simpler than opening the pressure relief valve, but one can do that rather.Water Heater Repair Rockford IL

Step 2. At the bottom of the water heater is a drain valve that a yard watering hose can be connected to. There could be a cover over it depending upon the maker. Think about turning the heat to the pilot setting several 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 an option that’s okay, simply make sure the garden hose utilized is in good condition to endure the greater temperature water.

Run the hose outside away from your home or if the water has 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 usually made from plastic, so if one has an older water heater (and one that has actually 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 Rockford

Once the drain valve is open, also open the pressure relief valve on the heater. Water will (at least it must if it pressure relief valve is working effectively) flow some from it. Attempt to let is stream stable and not too fast 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 outside of the garage or basement where the water heater is located, fill a container and let it sit to see if the water is clear or if there is sediment, which will normally appear like sand in the bottom of the container. Simply keep draining it up until the water is clear.

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

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

Step 6. Let the hot water in the bathtub run up until a complete stream is flowing out. When that occurs, it is ok to turn the power back on if it is an electric water heater, or reset the temperature setting for a gas water heater. Obviously, turn the bathtub faucet off. In about 20 minutes, the hot water should be heated again.

There you go! Water Heater Repair Rockford IL is here to address any questions you might have. Next take have a look at our post on what to do if one has no hot water.

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