Your water heater is an important appliance for your home. It’s hard to imagine not having one especially during the winter. Just like your other appliances, your water heater requires maintenance to continue running efficiently. Over time, sediment could build up in your water heater affecting its performance. To resolve the problem, it is recommended to drain a few gallons of water from your water heater once a year. Draining your water heater should be done with caution, since the water could be extremely hot. To properly drain sediment from your water heater, follow these steps:
- Turn your water heater off.
- On the drain valve, secure a hose and run it either to a safe place outdoors or a bucket.
- Open the drain valve.
- Drain a gallon or two of water. If you notice sediment or debris, you can continue to drain the entire tank.
- Close the drain valve. If you drained out all the water, refill the tank.
- Turn your water heater on.
If your water heater is over 10 years old and has a plastic low point drain, you need to consult with your local plumbers in East Melbourne. With their expertise, they will be able to drain your water heater without the risk of causing a water leak. Remember to have your local plumbers inspect your appliance regularly. Any problem with your water heater will be detected in its early stages and resolved before it gets worse. You will not want to go through the winter without hot water at home.