If you’ve looked at your water heater’s manual, then you probably know that it’s recommended that you drain your water heater at least once every six months to a year. It’s a regular part of water heater repair and maintenance here in Calgary.

The reason that you do this is to help remove any sediment that’s built up within your water heater from the minerals and other particulates in the water. The build-up can cause your water heater to work harder to heat the water, which uses more energy and costs you more money in the long run.

Before You Start

Now, before you get started, you want to know where the shut-off valve for your home is located. You might not need to use it, but when doing any kind of plumbing maintenance, it’s important to know where this is located in case of something going wrong.

It’s recommended that you shut your water heater off several hours in advance of draining it, thus letting the water in the tank cool down before you drain. You will still probably want to use heavy rubber gloves and safety gloves if you do this yourself.

The Steps

  1. Perform a Quick Flush
  2. Turn Off the Water Heater (if you haven’t already)
  3. Open the drain valve
  4. Clean the sediment
  5. Turn on your water heater
  6. Relight the water heater
  7. Check the drain valve

By following the above seven steps, you will have successfully drained your water heater. There are a couple of other details that you might want to know, so if you find the process daunting or overwhelming, then you’ll probably want to call in a professional for water heater repair here in Calgary. If so, then give Crowfoot Home Services a call today!

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