Maintaining your water heater can save you a few dollars over the life time of your water heater. When you keep your heater running at optimum performance it will add years of life to it. Keeping your heater ant optimum performance is not a real hard task. You basically want to drain it once or twice a year to keep the sediment from building up in the bottom of the tank. Here is a step by step guide to draining your heater.
Here are some tools you will need.
- Channel lock pliers
- A garden hose
- A rag nearby just in case there is some stray water from draining the tank
Step by Step Instructions.
- Turn off the shut off valve on the cold water side of heater. You may and / or want to shut off the valve to the whole house as well in some cases
- Turn off the gas valve to the heater. If it is an electric heater turn off the breaker to the heater.
- Open the hot side of a faucet up stairs.
- Connect a hose to the bottom drain of the water heater and run it into a floor drain nearby.
- Turn on drain valve where you just hooked up the hose.
- Heater should start to drain and empty in about 15 to 30 min.
- When heater is done draining turn the cold water on for 10 seconds then shut it off. This will drain any sediment which settled during the draining.
After heater has finished draining. It is now time to get the water back into the heater and start heating it up.
- Turn off drain valve on bottom of heater
- Disconnect hose from drain valve on bottom and remove it from the floor drain. Be careful not to remove the hose from the drain to fast or you will have left over water all over your floor.
- Close all water taps you have open
- Turn on cold water valve to house and / or water heater
- Let water heater fill up for at least 5 minutes
- Turn on gas valve to water heater.
- Read lighting instructions and light the water tank. If you have an electric heater turn on breaker and water will start to heat.
- Once water heater has stopped filling with water you will have some air in the lines. Turn on all of the faucets in the home and let the air bleed out of the lines.
There you have it. You just maintained your water heater. By doing this you will keep your water heater running at optimum performance and add some years to the life of your heater.