Tips on draining your tank
Most people tend to take a water heater for granted, until the day it does not work anymore. In order to prevent this from happening, it is highly recommended that you service it on a regular basis so that the unit lasts longer. Draining it every year is a good idea, and this article will explain exactly how this can be done.
Step by step guide on draining the tank
The first step is to turn the H2O supply off from the mains. Remember to cut off the mains electricity if the boiler is electric. But if it is a gas unit, then adjust the thermostat to pilot setting. Turn the supply that runs into the heating unit off before connecting a hose to the draining valve. You can find this valve close to the thermostat.
2. Drain the hot water. Open up one of the hot-water faucets in one of your sinks or tubs inside your home. This will prevent a vacuum from forming in the lines. Return to your water heater and open the drain valve to drain the hot water out of the tank. Make sure the far end of the hose is draining somewhere that won’t be harmed by hot water. An outside driveway is ideal.
Flush out all the debris and wait until it stops flowing out. You can check this by looking at the hose. Turn the mains H2O supply back on so that any remaining debris comes out from the boiler. After you have finished, close the valve. You must remember to turn off the hot-water tap inside the house. Refer to the tank instructions to find out exactly how full the unit should be.
The pressure release valve should be tested. Switch on the electricity that runs to the tank once it is filled up. This is located at the breaker box. After the temperature has increased, test this valve as per the instructions provided by the manufacturer. You should do this in order to stop excess build-up of pressure inside the tank, otherwise it will overheat. If the device does not work properly, call a licensed plumbing contractor to change the unit for you.
If you need assistance on draining your water heater, contact Total Plumbing Orlando services today