How to Drain Your Water Heater and Why It Matters
Our Tampa plumbers recommend having a water heater drained on a routine basis to remove sediments from the holding tank that damage the appliance’s components and reduce the amount of hot water.
There are several steps to follow when draining a water heater’s tank. Before draining a water heater’s tank, you must turn off the appliance’s power. Water heaters are powered by either natural gas or electricity, and to understand how to turn off the power safely to the appliance, read its instruction manual.
Two: Prepare to Remove the Water from the Holding Tank
A garden hose will fit on a water heater’s drain valve to empty the appliance, but make sure to use a garden hose that is long enough to reach the area outside a building to drain the water from the water heater. Alternatively, if it is impossible to drain the water to the outside of a building, then you need several large buckets to hold the water.
Three: Open the Valves to Release Water from the Water Heater’s Tank
Next, you must open the drain valve where the garden hose is attached to permit the water to flow freely. In addition, there is a pressure release valve on top of the holding tank that you must pull up. After these two valves are opened, the water will begin to flow through the garden hose to the outside or into a bucket. If you are using the bucket emptying method, then you must move the garden hose quickly as a container fills up.
Four: Flush Out the Water Heater’s Holding Tank
After the water drains from the holding tank, you can turn on the cold water with a valve to wash out the sediments in the tank that prevent having hot water. Continue to use the garden hose for this process to dislodge the debris from the water heater’s tank.
Five: Turning the Water Heater On Again
Close the water heater’s drain and pressure release valve to permit the tank to fill with water. Last, flip the switch on an electric water heater to begin the process of heating water. If you own a gas-powered water heater, then you must relight the pilot light carefully to begin heating the water in the tank.
Now, you’re Tampa home is ready to take cleaner hot showers, free of the drying sediments and minerals that ruin your skin and hair.
For more information about water heater draining in Tampa, FL, call Tampa Bay Plumbing, Inc. at (727) 223-6400.