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Flushing your water heater to remove sediment is an important maintenance task that helps improve its efficiency and prolong its lifespan. Here’s how you can do it:
- Turn off the power: If you have an electric water heater, turn off the power at the breaker panel. For a gas water heater, turn the gas control valve to the “Pilot” position.
- Turn off the water supply: Locate the cold water supply valve near the top of the water heater and turn it off by rotating it clockwise.
- Attach a hose: Connect a garden hose to the drain valve located near the bottom of the water heater. Make sure the other end of the hose is securely placed in a floor drain or outside where the hot water can safely drain.
- Open the drain valve: Slowly open the drain valve by turning it counterclockwise. This will allow the water to start flowing out through the hose.
- Flush out the sediment: Let the water flow through the hose until it runs clear. This process helps remove sediment and mineral deposits that have settled at the bottom of the tank. You may need to open and close the cold water supply valve a few times to create a flushing action.
- Close the drain valve: Once the water runs clear, close the drain valve by turning it clockwise.
- Restore the water supply: Turn on the cold water supply valve to refill the water heater. Keep the hot water faucet open in a nearby sink to allow any air to escape from the system.
- Restore the power: For electric water heaters, turn the power back on at the breaker panel. For gas water heaters, turn the gas control valve back to the desired temperature setting.
Flushing your water heater once or twice a year can help maintain its efficiency and prevent sediment buildup. If you are unsure or uncomfortable performing this task, it’s advisable to seek the assistance of a professional plumber.
Contact Home Choice Plumbing at 561-531-2366 for professional water heater maintenance and repair services in Jupiter, FL, Palm Beach County, and Martin County.