How to Flush Your Water Heater

The Importance of Flushing Your Water Heater

Are you experiencing reduced hot water supply or strange noises from your water heater? It might be time to flush your water heater. At J.A. Bertsch Heating and Cooling, we specialize in providing comprehensive water heater services to ensure your system operates efficiently and reliably. In this guide, we’ll delve into the importance of flushing your water heater and provide step-by-step instructions on how to do it properly.

Why Flush Your Water Heater?

Over time, sediment, minerals, and debris can accumulate at the bottom of your water heater tank. This buildup can reduce the efficiency of your water heater, leading to decreased performance and higher energy bills. Flushing your water heater helps remove these sediments, prolonging the lifespan of your unit and ensuring optimal performance.

Signs It’s Time to Flush Your Water Heater

  • Reduced hot water supply
  • Strange noises (popping or rumbling) coming from the water heater
  • Rusty or discolored water
  • Foul odors from the hot water tap

How to Flush Your Water Heater

Step 1: Turn Off the Power

Before you start flushing, make sure to turn off the power to your water heater. For electric heaters, switch off the breaker. For gas heaters, turn the thermostat to the “pilot” setting.

Step 2: Shut Off the Water Supply

Locate the cold water supply valve near the top of your water heater and shut it off. This will prevent new water from entering the tank during the flushing process.

Step 3: Drain the Tank

Attach a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of your water heater and place the other end in a suitable drainage area, such as a floor drain or outside. Open the valve and allow the water to drain completely.

Step 4: Flush the Tank

Once the tank is empty, turn the cold water supply back on for a few minutes to help flush out any remaining sediment. Then, close the drain valve and refill the tank.

Step 5: Turn the Power Back On

Finally, turn the power back on to your water heater and wait for it to heat up the newly refreshed water.

When to Call the Professionals

While flushing your water heater is a relatively simple task, some homeowners may prefer to leave it to the experts. If you’re unsure or uncomfortable performing maintenance yourself, don’t hesitate to contact us for professional assistance.

Professional Water Heater Services

  • Water heater installation and replacement
  • Routine maintenance and flushing
  • Water heater repair
  • Tankless water heater services
  • Energy-efficient upgrades
  • Emergency 24/7 water heater services

Contact Us Today

At J.A. Bertsch Heating and Cooling, we specialize in providing top-notch water heater services in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, Rathdrum, Sandpoint, Spirit Lake and more. From routine maintenance and repairs to full system replacements, our team of experienced technicians has you covered.

Don’t let sediment buildup compromise your water heater’s performance. Contact us today at 208-715-9694 or fill out our online form to schedule a water heater flushing service. Let our experienced technicians ensure your water heater operates at its best for years to come!

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