If you’re like most people you probably don’t think much about your water heater unless their is a problem and you no longer get hot water. By keeping up with some routine water heater maintenance you can increase the lifespan of your water heater by up to 30%.
The most important thing you can do for water heater maintenance is to flush out your water heater on a yearly basis. There are a few tips on how to flush out your water heater in the best way possible. When you drain out a water heater you can get some of the sediment that has built up out of your hot water tank.
The best way to flush the heater is to hook up a hose to your drain valve. You should open the drain valve when your water is still on to force out as much water as possible. Let this run for about 3 minutes on full blast. Once you have complete this step you should turn the water off and allow the water to drain out of your water heater.
This can take a few minutes especially if your water heater is old. Sometimes the water doesn’t want to come out of the drain valve. In this case you may need to remove the handle screw and remove that portion of the valve. If this still does not allow the water to come out you can remove the valve all together. The valve can be removed by turning it counterclockwise until it releases from the tank. Make sure to use teflon tape when you reinstall the drain valve.