Living in a home with hard, unconditioned water can cause major issues for your water-using appliances. According to Green Water Technologies, your hot water heater is that at risk of premature breakdown, up to a decade before the appliance’s normal lifespan.
If you don’t have a whole home water filtration system, draining your hot water heater once or twice per year can help. Representatives from Green Water Technologies explain that it is also a good idea to drain the system to remove sediment once your water filtration system is installed. Here’s how:
- Disconnect power to your unit. If it is connected to gas, turn the valve off
- Turn off the water supply
- Locate the drain valve on the bottom of the unit – Green Water Technologies notes this will likely be a bronze or copper-colored pipe and may be covered
- Attach garden/water hose and open drain valve
- Locate pressure relief valve on top of unit and pull up with gentle pressure
- Drain tank until empty – approximately eight minutes
- Once you are satisfied the tank is empty turn the cold water valve on to flush any remaining sediment from the bottom of the tank
- Close both the pressure relief drain valve
- Restore power or relight pilot light
- Allow hot water heater to fill completely before use
Even if you don’t live in an area with hard water, it’s important to flush your hot water heater at least once each year. A hot water heater that is regularly maintained should continue to perform for the duration of its expected life, approximately 10 to 12 years. Green Water Technologies explains that failure to clean and maintain your tank can result in an unexpected cold shower and costly replacement.
Contact Green Water Technologies for more information on the GE Pro Elite, a whole home water filtration system that can drastically reduce the amount of mineral deposits flowing into your home.