Flush Hot Water Heater
Are you looking for flush hot water heater help? The step by step guide below will show you how to drain and flush your tank.
If your trying to drain an older water heater the drain valve
How to drain the tank
Electric units -Turn the power off.
Gas units - Set the control knob to the pilot position.
Shut the water supply off to your
Remove the aerator from the
kitchen faucet and turn on the
hot water side.
Attach a garden hose to the drain valve and drain the tank.
When your tank is empty you can remove your drain valve and install
To flush hot water heater- turn the water supply on and off several
You'll only want to add 3 to 5 gallons each time. Do this until the water
When you're finished, close the drain valve and refill the tank.
Let the hot side of the kitchen faucet run until all the air is out of the
Turn the power on (electric unit).
Turn the control knob back to the on position (gas unit).
Ok, your finished with the hot water heater flush. If you would like to
Flush hot water heater with a ball valve
This is a brass 3/4 in. ball valve.
You can buy plastic ball valves but after they get a little age on on them, they are hard to turn and the handles will eventually break.
Looking through the center of this ball valve you can see how large the opening is.
There is nothing in a water heater tank that will clog this valve.
Besides the ball valve you will need two 3/4 in. nipples.
The nipple in the pic is a dielectric nipple. It's coated with plastic both inside and on the ends.
These nipples will not rust. The ends are flat which makes them ideal for attaching a drain hose.
Prepare the ball valve to be installed.
Using Teflon tape or pipe dope screw the nipples into the ball valve ( see pic).
Apply tape or pipe dope to the end you'll be screwing into the water heater.
You will want the valve handle to open away from the tank when you open it.
Remove the drain valve and install
After your finished with the water heater flush and/or cleaning its best to reinstall a regular drain valve.
If you do leave the ball valve on
A child can turn these valves
If your drain valve clogged while you were trying to
drain your tank you can install a ball valve with a full tank of water.
Now is a good time to clean your water heater while you have it
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