Cleaning your Water Heater: A Simple DIY Guide

The water that gets in your home contains sediment, chemicals, and minerals. Over time, these contaminants can affect your water heater’s effectiveness. If left unchecked, they will clog your drain valve, damage your element, or cause uneven heating. A good way to prevent this is to clean your water heater at least once a year.

Wondering how to clean your water heater? Here are some simple steps to follow.

Before cleaning the electric hot water heater, you should ensure you adhere to safety rules. If your water heater is electric, check your main switch for the water heater circuit and turn it off. It will prevent electrical shocks from happening when you are cleaning the heater.

Step 1. Clean the outer parts of the water tank

If your water tank has too much dust and grime, you can use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust effectively. Ensure that you clean the bottom of the tank and the pipes as well. When all the sides of the water tank are clean, check the tank for leaks. Most homeowners lose gallons of water to water leaks each year and have to pay high water bills as a result. Cleaning your pipes and the exterior parts of the water tank enables you to see any damage or holes that may cause leaks. If you find any damage, it is best to call a plumber right away.

Step 2: Drain your tank

Draining the tank will flush out the sediment and other debris that may be in the tank. First, switch off the cold-water valve at the top of your tank. Next, open the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. You can place a bucket at the bottom to reduce spillage as water drains out. Connect the drain valve to a garden hose, then put the other end of the hose outside. If the hose is not long enough, a sink will do. Drain the contents of the water tank once this is done.

If you live in an area with hard water, it is advisable to refill the tank to help remove more of the sediment. Hard water often has a lot of undissolved minerals that create sediments at the bottom of the tank.

Step 3: Brush the insides of the tank

Clean the inside of the tank with a proper brush. Keep in mind that the right brush is crucial, so you can go to a local hardware store and ask them to show you one. Remove the drain valve to get to the bottom of the water tank. Clean it thoroughly to remove all the sediments.

Finally, flush the water take one last time to ensure all the sediments are removed.

How will you tell when it is time to clean your water heater?

-If your water heater is not producing hot water, it may be because of accumulated sediments causing the water not to heat up properly.

-If your water has a funny smell, it probably means that there is a presence of bacteria in the water.

-A water heater making funny noises could also mean a cleanup is due.