If you’re like the majority of people, you don’t think about your water heater until it breaks, and you’re forced to take a freezing cold shower while you wait for plumber maintenance. One way to extend the life of your water heater is to empty the tank annually to eliminate any sediment that may have accumulated within. And, most of all, this is an ideal do-it-yourself project due to its simplicity.
Here are some methods to assist you with maintenance:
If your water heater maintenance is electric, turn off the power to it at the circuit breaker box. If you possess a gas water heater, deactivate the gas pilot switch.
1. Turn off the water heater’s cold-water supply.
2. Connect a garden hose to the drain valve of the tank.
3. Ensure that you position the hose’s end in an area that will not be damaged by scorching water (an outdoor driveway or basement drain is ideal).
4. Release the pressure release valve.
5. Turn on the drain valve and let the entire tank to empty.
6. Close the drain valve on the tank.
7. Separate the hose from the valve.
8. Close the relief pressure valve.
9. Turn on all hot water taps in the residence.
10. Turn on the tank’s cold-water supply.
11. Close every hot water faucet as soon as water begins to flow.
12. Turn on the power or gas to the water heater once all the faucets have been turned off.
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