Keeping your Water Heater Happy and Running Smoothly

A water heater is a very important appliance in your home and can be very expensive.  Often people don’t realize how sensitive it can be and that they need regular maintenance.  A key piece of maintenance for  this important appliance is draining the water in it on an annual basis.

Draining your water heater is something most people don’t think about doing.  Typically, a water heater will be used every day with no thought of draining it or cleaning it. Not draining or cleaning your water heater will result in a shorter lifespan and possibly no hot water while you have to replace it.

Responsible homeowners will want to maintain their water heater and allow it to keep running smoothly by draining it at least once a year, and this can easily be done by calling out a plumber.

Draining Your Water Heater Annually is Important

Water heaters are a little more complex than a dishwasher, oven or refrigerator but it still needs regular maintenance like your other appliances.

A water heater really should be drained on an annual basis, and this will help to flush out any sentiments that have settled inside the bottom.

Sentiments can include rocks, sand, dirt, and anything other item that may get into the water supply and end up at the bottom of the water heater. Your home water heater may begin to rust inside, which may end up in your home water supply, causing a brownish colored water that may be undrinkable.

To flush your water heater, perform these steps:

  • Turn off the power supply if electric
  • If it is gas set it to the lowest setting
  • Make sure the cold-water valve is turned off
  • Attach a hose to the drain valve after turning on the nearest hot water valve

Completely drain the water heater. Once it is drained, then refill it with some cold water, and then drain it again. Check for the cleanliness of the water before turning the heater back on and using any water that is replaced in the hot water heater.

Enlist Your Plumber to Maintain Your Water Heater

In a lot of cases a hot water needs to be cleaned further than just flushing it out.  A further cleaning of your water heater will help remove the sentiments that may have developed in the bottom.

A plumber can help you maintain your water heater by performing and annual drain and flush and deeper clean if needed.

Give Crown Plumbing a call today at (303) 660-4174, to get your water heater flushed properly in your Denver, CO home.