Draining Hot Water Tanks To Save Money
Okay I confess, I’ve never drained my hot water tank at all. I’ve lived in my house over 11 years, but I just didn’t pay attention to such details. The problem is that sediment settles at the bottom of the tank, and over time this sediment make the bottom of the tank thicker. This in turn means that the flame at the bottom of the take becomes less effective at heating the water because of the thickness.
While I don’t advise this task for just anyone, I did successfully clean out my tank today. This can be a dangerous task, so you don’t want to be drinking and/or take the task lightly! In fact, I don’t know if I’d really recommend doing this to many friends, just because of the risks involved if keep your wits about you!
Steps to Drain My Hot Water Tank:
- Turn off the water to the water tank.
- Turn off the main gas to the water tank.
- Turn off the gas at the gauge that controls the flame to the water tank.
- Attach a hose to the release facet, and put the end of the hose in a drain (I put my half a foot into it).
- Put a bucket underneath the pressure release valve and tube.
- Release any access air via the pressure release valve.
- Open the facet so that the water drains.
- Go upstairs and turn on the heat facet (nothing should come out, and air should go down to speed up the draining of the tank process).
- Fully draining the tank may take 1/2 hour, the time really depends on the size of your tank.
- After the water stops flowing, close the facet and carefully take off the hose so that water doesn’t go everywhere.
- Turn the water back on
- Close the facet upstairs
- Turn the main gas valve back on.
- Make sure you don’t smell gas near the pilot light.
- Next light the pilot light that way that your water tank recommends. Once my tank, I had to remove the sheet metal panel, turn the dial to where it says pilot light and push down and hold it while I lit the pilot light stem.
- Next I slid the shield back on and went over everything one last time just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
So how does this activity save me money?
- Draining the tank may prolong the life of the tank itself, and this will save me money!
- Removing the sediment means I can turn the hot water heater to a lower setting, and that will save me money too.
This is a great task to get out of the way for the new year. While not very exciting, it’s still important.
Update: I opened up the hot facets upstairs at all exit points to make sure that all the sediment is out of the system too
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