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How to Flush Your Electric Water Heater

Lansing Water Heater Repair

It’s always a good idea to make sure your home’s electric hot water heater is flushed annually to get rid of any sediment that collects on the bottom of the tank. If left alone, sediment can build up until it clogs the drain line or decreases the energy efficiency of your unit.

Below, we explain how to flush your home’s hot water heater. While the guide below can be helpful for many homeowners, we also recognize that some people may feel more comfortable with hiring a professional hot water heater maintenance company to do it for them. No matter what you choose, we hope you find the following information helpful.

1. Turn off the electricity running to the hot water heater.

To turn off your hot water heater’s electrical source, look for the breaker box (also called the fuse box). Within the breaker box, you should see a series of on/off switches that power your home. If you know the specific switch that will shut off the power to your water heater, shut it off at this time.

If you don’t know which switch corresponds with the water heater, locate the switch labeled “Main” and turn it off. However, please know that shutting off the main power switch will disable electricity for your entire house until you are finished flushing the water heater.

No matter what option you go with, you should never run electricity to your water heater when the tank is empty. Otherwise, theHVACheating elements will burn.

2. Turn off the cold water supply to the water heater.

The water shut-off valve should be located at or near the top of the tank. Rotate this valve 90 degrees clockwise to shut off the cold water supply. Keep in mind that if your hot water heater has a gate valve (as opposed to a ball valve, shutting off the water supply may take many turns.

3. Let the heating elements cool.

4. Drain water from the tank using a garden hose and pump.

The drain valve should be near the bottom of the tank. You never want to run the pump if there is no water passing through.

You will also want to make sure you have a safe place to drain the water into. For example, many homeowners use bucketsor simply run the hose outside.

5. Check for sediment.

If the water coming out is muddy, you will want to continue refilling and draining the tank until the water coming out is clear. When the water is clear, you’ll know that the majority of the water heater sediment has been flushed out.

6. Disconnect garden hose and pump from the tank.

When the water begins to run clear, you may then disconnect the garden house and pump from the tank.

7. Turn on the electricity and water supplies for the hot water heater.

If you are interested in our hot water heater maintenance service, please feel free to call our Grand Rapids water heater company at (517) 485-9437. At Block Sloane Heating & Cooling, we work hard to make sure our clients get the most out of their HVAC investments through quality hot water heater maintenance services.