How to Drain Your Water Heater


How to Drain Your Water Heater

(You Should Do This Once a Year in South Florida)

1) Turn off the power, unplug, or turn off the gas (which ever applies).

2) Turn the water off to the heater.

3) Attach a garden hose to drain outlet at the bottom of the heater.

4) Open drain outlet and open several HOT water outlets in the house.

5) After the heater has drained, reverse the order of the above items.

6) Never turn the electricity back on until the heater is completly filled (if it's a gas heater, don't forget to re-light the pilot).

Always consult a licensed electrical and/or plumbing contractor if you are uncertain about what you are doing.  The hazzard of electrical shock and/or severe burns from hot water exist.  This information is provided to help homeowners understand more about maintaining their water systems, not as an all-inclusive manual.

If you have questions about this process or need further help from the plumbing experts, email Rick with your question.