Why Flushing Your Water Heater is Important

water heater element with build up

Don’t Neglect Water Heater Maintenance

We rely on a steady supply of water for a variety of everyday household tasks, from showering to cooking dinner. Just like other appliances in your home, your water heater requires certain maintenance and upkeep in order to continue doing its job and bringing you hot water on demand.

You may have heard of flushing a water heater, but what does it mean exactly and why do plumbers recommend it? Read on to learn more.

Why Flush?

It’s important to flush a water heater in order to keep it working properly. Over time, a heater can collect calcium, sediment, and other miscellaneous minerals in the tank. If these overwhelm the heating element, they can cause problems with your hot water supply.

This is especially common in areas with poor water quality, making it essential to flush the heater more often in order to keep up with your hot water demands.

How to Flush a Water Heater

While your water heater should be regularly serviced by an experienced plumber, you are capable of (and encouraged to) flush the water heater yourself every few months or so. Of course, if you’re not as handy and would like the help of a professional, never hesitate to call and ask!

Flushing a water heater simply means emptying it of its contents and refilling it with new, fresh water. You can accomplish this by:

  1. Turning off the gas or electric connection as well as the water supply. Allow sufficient time for the water to cool.
  2. Turn on the hot water from a nearby faucet. Keep this on during the entire process to help the tank drain more easily.
  3. Attach a hose to the drain valve and empty the water into a bucket or a nearby drain.
  4. Turn on the cold water supply and allow it to flush through the water heater, taking the sediment along with it.
  5. Repeat step 4 a few times for the best results.

Water Heater Services

If you’re experiencing water heater problems, allow us to put an end to it! Give A. Fagundes Plumbing & Heating Inc. a call at (978) 350-5522 to schedule your appointment.