how to remove scale from hot water heater

Reply

  #1  
Old 02-06-09, 01:08 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
how to remove scale from hot water heater

i have a fueloil 30 gal ford hot water heater that is 20 years old. last summer the anode rod was replaced and tank drained and flushed. there is a poping noise when the heater comes on that can be heard in any room there the is access to hot water. i assume that i have scaling based on the internet reading i have done. how do i remove it? i drained the tank and there is very little small amount of black particles of sediment, maybe a tablespoon full, out of 6 gallons of water.

what do i do and is this something that i can do?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 02-06-09, 02:32 PM
shacko's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Baltimore County Maryland
Posts: 2,138
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Water Heater

bill111: I doubt you have the owners manual for that heater, it usually tells you what they recomend; usually six months to a year for flushing. Neglecting to do this for a period of years defeats the purpose.

Once sediment builds up it becomes hard as a rock and I know of no way to get it out and your heater will start to give out less and less hot water. A heater 20 years old is beyond the normal life. I think you should put up with the noise until it needs replacing, sorry
 
  #3  
Old 02-07-09, 10:49 AM
plumbermandan's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 897
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
you could try descaler but you would be without hot water for a day or so and it may not work
 
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: