If you’re like most folks, you don’t really think about your hot water heater until it stops working. Savy homeowners know that an annual flushing of your hot water heater can save you money, electricity and extend the life of your heater.
Sediment, rust and other suspended particles eventually settle to the bottom of your water heater’s tank. Not only does this lower the volume of available hot water, but the heating element has to work harder. Cleaning out the tank not only ensures that your family’s water will be cleaner, but it also makes sure that this build up of sediments doesn’t make it’s way into your house’s plumbing system, which can cause costly repairs.
Flushing your hot water heater is easy. For easy step-by-step directions, with illustrations, check out this great link from Wiki-how. http://www.wikihow.com/Flush-
When you’re flushing the hot water, make sure and check the temperature pressure relief valve (also called a T&P valve) It should allow water to escape when you pull the level. It’s a good idea to replace them every 3 years. Lastly, if you live in an area that has very hard water, like South Florida, you might want to consider flushing your hot water heater twice a year, or installing a water softener.