Thursday, March 18, 2010

Drain Your Water Heater

Over time, sediment can accumulate in your water heater, which can drift into recirculation lines and jam open check valves. As a layer builds up on the bottom of the tank, small amounts of water can get trapped underneath. When heated, this trapped water turns to steam bubbles, which pop loudly and violently. If left alone, sediment slows heat transfer and overheats the bottom of the tank. This can weaken the steel and damage the glass lining, lowering both the efficiency and the lifespan of your heater. To avoid having to prematurely replace your water heater, you should drain your tank every year or so. How often depends on the source and purity of your water supply. Doing so will flush the sediments away and ensure that your water heater will continue to supply hot water to your home without interruption.

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