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Flush Your Water Heater
Each year thousands of gallons of cold water enters your hot water heater - carrying tiny amounts of sand, rust and dissolved minerals (sediment). You need to flush this sediment once per year, to improve the efficiency of your hot water heater, thus saving you money and extending the life of the water heater. This is a very simple process that anyone can do. If your hot water heater just doesn't heat the water like the old days, or you hear popping sounds from your water heater, you may not need an expensive water heater repair, just a simple water heater flush.
Before we take you through the steps, here's a few additional suggestions to save money on your hot water.
Turn down the Temperature
Wrap Water Heater with a Blanket
Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Low Flow Shower Heads
How to Flush your Water Heater
To maintain a new water heater or one that has been recently flushed, drain the sediment at least once a year. For your yearly flush, there is no need to turn off the water heater or the cold water supply. Simply attach a hose to the drain valve, then open the valve and remove a couple quarts of water. When the water comes out clear, you're done. This will only take a minute or two.
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