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How to Flush Your Hot Water Heater!

Ask F.H. Furr: What is the best way to Eliminate Sediment in Your Water Heater?

Here's a great question that came into us from Alex A. of Washington, DC. Here the best way to Eliminate sediment, in 10 easy steps!

Step 1: Turn off the circuit breaker that manages the electric heater –OR- if a gas heater, turn off the gas supply.

**Before proceeding to Step 2, allow the unit to cool for an hour or two**

Step 2: Attach a garden hose to the tank’s drain valve; locate a proper area in which to drain

Step 3: Shut off the inlet valve to the cold water located at the top of the tank

Step 4: Open the drain, allow water to flow until the whole tank is empty; shut off the valve

Step 5: Partly refill the tank with cold water

Step 6: Shut off cold water valve

Step 7: Open the drain and allow the tank to empty; shut off drain valve

Step 8: Remove air as the tank fills by allowing hot water to flow from the nearest faucet

Step 9: Open the cold water inlet; fill tank until the hot water faucet runs water

Step 10: turn the power at the circuit breaker back on –OR- re-ignite the pilot light (see blog about your pilot light here)

If these steps seem daunting, F.H. Furr is always ready to help you maintain your home's appliances, allowing them to work effectively and efficiently and adding longevity to your system! We are able to perform any and all preventative maintenance on your plumbing, HVAC and electrical needs, anytime you need us!

Keep'em coming guys...and thanks! Happy Spring.

Topics: plumbing Sediment maintenance hvac service Heating Service Hot Water Heater