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Old 02-19-2017, 03:09 PM   #16
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I wanted to know if it's possible to flush a few gallons from the bottom of the water heater through a garden hose WITHOUT turning off the cold water inbound pressure?
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You must of course turn off the water coming into the house before you open up that line.
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When you see the term "some experts" you should stop reading. What you are reading is just something that someone Googled and is trying to get an article published.

Remember people write articles to make money. They only make money if they can get it published. They will will say anything to get it published.

No one is ever able to find those "some experts".
Good point.

CAA (which is like AAA for Canadians) posted that. And then they sort of contradict themselves by providing flushing instructions: https://www.caaquebec.com/en/at-home...-water-heater/

I just don't see what kind of vested interested CAA would have in not having us flush our heaters; they're not the owners of the water heater companies.
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No.
You must of course turn off the water coming into the house before you open up that line.
Done.

Tihs was the first time flushing (or doing any maintenance work)on this 60 gallon electric water heater that was installed in 2004. The first 30 seconds of water exiting the garden hose (not even) were definitely brown, but then the rest was crystal. I closed the drain valve, turned on the cold supply to give the insides a good ruffle and then closed the cold supply and repeated the drain but there was only clear water now. Great!

I would have changed the anode rod too, or atleast got a look at it but there's just no ceiling clearance to do so.

Oh well, definitely got my money's worth with this heater. No rust anywhere on it.
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