Did you know you should drain your water heater occasionally? It’s an often overlooked home maintenance step, but one that can save you costly repairs.
How To: Drain Your Water Heater
Over time, sediment collects in the bottom of your water heater. Here are the steps to drain it and help keep it in perfect working order for as long as possible:
- Turn off the power or gas to the appliance.
- Turn off the cold water supply (that feeds the water to the tank.)
- Attach a hose to the drain valve near the bottom of the tank.
- Turn the valve to open it, and direct the water into a drain. Plan ahead for this step by making sure that you have a way to drain the water.
- Turn the water back on for a minute or two to flush out any sediment remaining in the tank.
- Close the drain valve, open the cold water supply to fill the water heater back up.
- Relight the pilot light or flip the power back on.
This is a perfect weekend project that won’t take very long, but has the potential to save you money and headaches in the future. If you have elderly family members, it’s a very kind gesture to help them with this home maintenance task and has the potential to save them money and stress. Take a few hours on a Saturday and drain your water heater. You’ll be glad you did!
If you have any questions about how to drain your water heater, we’ll be happy to help you. At Casey’s, we proudly install Bradford White Water Heaters. For information about Casey’s best-in-the-business water heater warranties and any other questions you may have, give us a call at:
503-620-9111 West Side: Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard
503-253-0030 East Side: Gresham, Troutdale, West Linn