water heater sediment

Reply

  #1  
Old 04-07-03, 08:04 PM
PaulaSue
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
problem draining hot water heater

Need to replace the bottom element and there is something clogging the drain. The water ran out of the garden hose like crazy at first but then slowed to a trickle. Any ideas?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 04-07-03, 09:53 PM
PaulaSue
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Unhappy water heater sediment

The darn thing won't drain. It just trickles out. We've been told to buy a new one, that since we haven't flushed the thing in 5 years (since it was put in) there's no hope. Does anyone agree with this? Isn't there any way to get the sediment out? HElp
 
  #3  
Old 04-08-03, 05:42 AM
Mike Swearingen's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Northeastern NC On The Albemarle Sound
Posts: 10,948
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Cool

You may have to remove the hose and spigot to rod it out with a coat hanger or something, IF your water heater is where the water from it won't ruin an interior floor.
You also can make a little sediment "rake" that will fit through the element hole by flattening and bending the end of a piece of copper pipe to drag it out, or you may be able to vacuum it out with a wet/dry shop vac.
If your water heater is in an interior space, you may have to go to the store and makeup two female hose couplings to a short NC thread brass or galvanized nipple in the middle so that you can backflush with the water hoses from outside to break it up.
Good Luck!
Mike
 
  #4  
Old 04-08-03, 05:45 AM
Mike Swearingen's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Northeastern NC On The Albemarle Sound
Posts: 10,948
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Cool

Paula,
Please stay on the original thread when posting on the same subject. It makes it easier to follow for everyone.
No, you do not have to buy a new water heater.
Please see the reply to your other post.
Mike
 
  #5  
Old 04-08-03, 12:47 PM
PaulaSue
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Thanks Mike. Hot water heater is in the laundry room (interior). We did try to backflush with no luck. Just for the heck of it though we did try to unscrew the lower element and it is positively stuck. We got the tool from the hardware store that unscrews the element but my husband was afraid he might rip a hole in the tank. Then we'd really be, well, screwed. So I think we'll probably have to buy a new unit. I have no idea how we're going to drain the old one though to get it out of there. Sorry about the two messages in two different threads. I'm still a forum infant.
Paula
 
  #6  
Old 04-08-03, 02:05 PM
Mike Swearingen's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Northeastern NC On The Albemarle Sound
Posts: 10,948
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Cool

If you unscrew the element in your laundry room, you'll get a small flood. If you have a floor drain and don't open any faucets or valves for air, it should just glug out instead of gush out, however.
You can use a large pipe wrench for leverage on that element socket. The element has a rubber seal that is probably cooked to the heater, as well as having the element threads corroded.
You might try tightening it clockwise just a bit to break the seal, and then unscrew it counter-clockwise. Use a cheater pipe on the handle oaf the pipe wrench if necessary.
A full water heater can weigh up to 400 pounds.
You can either use a two-wheel dolly to remove it full to get it outside, or disconnect the pipes on top, stick a hose down in it (not all of the way...avoid the sediment) and siphon as much water out as best you can to lighten it.
Good Luck!
Mike
 
  #7  
Old 04-08-03, 06:25 PM
Ragnar's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 1,349
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
When you opened the drain for the water heater, did you also open some hot faucets upstairs as well and the relief line on the side or top of the heater to let air to it? If not, it would do what you said and slow to a trickle pretty quickly... Also, if sediment is the problem, you can usually open the drain with the hose run outside, then with the drain open, reopen the cold feed to the heater to help blow the sediment out... Then quickly turn it off again, and check and see how the flow is going...
 
  #8  
Old 04-28-03, 03:41 PM
timborino
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Could you please post a link to the original thread here? I'm interested in the answer.

 
  #9  
Old 04-28-03, 04:10 PM
poleaxed
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
dont buy a new one . no one drains their hot tanks anyway.
 
  #10  
Old 04-28-03, 07:52 PM
Ragnar's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 1,349
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
MERGED FOR THE SHEER SIMPLICITY OF IT!

I never saw you post back to say how you got air to the heater? It won't drain without getting air to it, even if you have to cut one of the lines above it... Also, did you try turning the water back on to it briefly when the drainage slows?? And finally, you posted originally on the 8th, and now it is the 28th... Have you been without one element for that long?
 
Reply
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: