new hot water heater


Old 07-05-03, 10:21 AM
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I recently purchased a new hot water heater (Whirlpool) that claims to be self cleaning. How does this work and should I still flush the tank twice a year like I currently do? Thank you for any help.
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Old 07-05-03, 11:04 AM
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Hello Ron57. Welcome to the Do It Yourself web site

I am not a licensed plumber. However, the professionals in this forum will be able to explain how the system works.

Like millions of others, I have a water heater too. I am equally as interested as you and others to know how the self cleaning process works.

If sediment enters the tank and accumulates inside it, the only way I currently know of how it can be removed automatically is through the faucets.

Sediment causes them to become restricted or clogged....

Flushing manually is currently the only method we know of.

Wondering how the auto method works......
Old 07-06-03, 06:22 AM
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Most of these have a dip tube that goes to the bottom of tank and curves around.In the curve it has many holes in it for the water to go through.Some will actually swirl around kinda like a sprinkler.This keeps the bottom of the tank water constantly moving stirs it up.This way sediment gets flushed out before it builds up big enough to clog your aerators.
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