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How to Drain Your Water Heater and Why

How to Drain Your Water Heater and Why

If you want your Temecula and Murrieta water heater to live a long and healthy life, with fewer breakdowns, you have to maintain it and take care of it. One of the most important maintenance steps is draining your tank periodically. Here are steps on how to do that and why it is important.

Why you need to drain your tank Water Heater

Over time, sediment builds up in your water heater tank, and it can eventually cause clogs. This is especially a problem if you have hard water, which has more minerals in it that can cause sediment. Draining your water heater tank helps to clear out the sediment and prevent it from building up and causing problems with your unit.

Preparing the tank

Before you can drain your water heater tank, you have to get it ready. That means shutting off both the energy source and the water. If your water heater uses gas, you need to set your thermostat to the pilot setting to shut off the flow of gas. If it is electric, you should turn off the circuit breaker that powers your water heater. To turn off the water, there should be a shutoff valve on or near your unit. If there isn't, you may need to turn off all the water to your home.

Draining the tank

To drain your water heater's tank you need to attach a regular garden hose to the tank's drain valve, which you will find at the bottom of the tank. Before opening the valve, turn on a tap nearby to relieve pressure, which will help the tank drain faster.

Also make sure that the hose is draining to a floor drain or outside the building, and make sure to open the pressure release valve if your water heater has one. Allow the tank to drain fully and then close the drain valve and the release valve. Let your tank refill all the way before turning on the water and restoring power to the unit.

For quality services in your Temecula, CA home, call 24-7 Plumbing and Drain at (951) 338-9844.

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