periodic draining of water heater


Old 02-12-00, 03:42 PM
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Do I need to totally empty my gas water heater periodicaly in order to remove sediment? How often do I need to do this? Can I leave the cold water inlet on and just drain until clear? Thanks!
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Old 02-12-00, 06:47 PM
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Hello: David

The term your referring to is 'flushing' the water heater.

If you home has steel or galvanized piping, flushing is recommended at least once per year.

If it has copper piping, you shouldn't need to do the flushing anymore then once every three or four years.

Leave the cold water inlet valve ON. Connect a common garden hose to the flushing valve near the bottom of the tank.

Put the garden hose outside then open the flushing valve. When the outcoming water runs clear, close the flushing valve and remove the garden hose.

Presto! Your done.
Time for a brew and some relaxing...hahaha

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