A Los Angeles plumber can drain your water heater

A Los Angeles plumber can drain your water heater

If you’re like most people, the only time you really pay any attention to your water heater is when the pilot light goes out. There you are – ready to shower, running the water, but it never heats up. You begrudgingly go to the heater to find that the pilot is out.

In order to prolong the life of your water heater, experts recommend draining your water heater about once a year. Sediment from the well or city water can build up in the bottom of the tank, which decreases the efficiency of the water heater. Another risk is that the minerals will continue to build up over time and actually clog the drain valve, causing yet another reason for replacement.

You will need to decide whether you should attempt this procedure by yourself or call a Los Angeles plumber. Directions for draining may be posted on the tank, but a professional can safely perform this annual maintenance. Sign in to find a qualified plumber in your area.

When preparing to drain your water heater, make sure to:

Know if you have an electric water heater. Remember to unplug it first or the heating elements could be damaged.

Plan out where the drain hose will empty its contents. Planning could be the difference between a smooth draining and a flooded basement.

Use cold water. Cleaning out the tank is usually more effective with cold water. Once the water is drained, run the remaining hot water until it turns cold. Running the washing machine or dishwasher can expedite the process.

Read the book. Check your manuals or instructions to see how much water should be left in the tank.

Let it flow. Continue to run water through the tank until the water from the hose is sediment free.

Temperature control. Remember that the water in the tank may be hot enough to scald you. Be sure and turn the temperature setting to low, but don’t forget to turn it up again before that next shower.

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