|Fig.1 25-Year |
old water heater
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My customer had a water heater that is 25 years old. She wanted the water heater to survive a few more months, so she could save up the money to replace it. The secret that every plumber knows is removing one gallon of water from their water heater every month will lengthen the life of the unit by more than five years. The problem is that by the time we go to work, fight traffic, and bring our kids to all their sporting events, there is little time to do more work on maintaining the house. Today most water heaters cost over $600 and that is with only a five year warranty. Below are the steps to remove the sediments from your water heater and extend its life and save a bundle of money.
This post shows the eleven steps to Keep an Aging Water Heater Alive.
Step 1: The first step in monthly maintenance would be to turn off the cold water valve stopping flow into the water heater. Above Fig.1 shows the twenty five year old water heater.
Step 2: A 4-foot ladder is needed to reach the valve can be over 6 feet high and close to the wall.
Step 3: Usually located on the right side (in the U.S.) of the water tank, turn the gate valve until its closed. Some water valves have a ball valve and have a handle which is pulled down to turn the water off. But because this water heater had not been maintained for over 5 years, more water was required to flush the sediments. Therefore, I left the water valve open to thoroughly flush this system.
Step 4: Next is to find the drain spigot near the bottom of the water heater. Fig.2 shows the spigot attached to the appliance with a brass cap. The cap is a good idea if the unit is leaking.
|Fig.2 Spigot cover|
|Fig.4 Cap removed|
Step 10: The maintenance is working, so continue the procedure until the water draining out is clear.
Step 11:This process may take several hours depending on the size of the water heater. This procedure will save hundreds of dollars and needless expense replacing this expensive appliance.
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