11:14AM | 12/08/00
Member Since: 12/07/00
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I would like to know how flush my water heater. We are currently not getting alot of hot water when we take a shower.Our water heater is only about 2-3 years old. Also how long do water heaters usually last. We have a gas water heater.


12:38PM | 12/09/00
Member Since: 02/19/00
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10-15 years on a standard tank. Flushing is a good idea about once a year. Draw off about 10 gal of water. this basically remoces some of the sediments on the bottom of the tank,...that's all. Now, for the problem of little hot water. Some tanks have had a recall of sorts because the dip tube inside the tank has been deteriating. the material ends up in the screens on all the fausets in the house. Check with your local plumber of recall notification. How many showers asre you taking when younotice the water getting from hot to warm? Is the temp set on hot?


08:24AM | 12/14/00
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
There is a spigot on the bottom. Put a bucket under it or, better yet, attach a hose to it and run the hose to a nearby sink. Then drain it. You might first want to turn the water heater off and then run all the hot water out of the heater at a nearby faucet to cool the water off. (Or just turn the heater off and wait a few hours.) As Hollywood said, the main purpose of flushing is to flush the sediment out that gets into the heater through the cold water supply when filling. It does not flush out in normal usage because the heater is designed to leave the sediment in the tank instead of re-distribute it through the hot water pipes. How much sediment builds up mostly depends on how old your water supply system is in your town and thus how corroded the pipes are.

As for not getting a lot of hot water, most people overlook the temperature gauge/thermostat on the hot water heater. They are ususally located under the two metal plates (usually green or blueish in color) that are attached with screws. There are usually two of them, not just one. Turn the heat up if you are not getting enough hot water.



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