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Old 11-13-2016, 12:36 AM   #16
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An absolutely terrible video.

You don't want to drain your water heater, you want to flush it. That is to say you want to flush out the sediment in the bottom. To do that you want the water to come out under as much force as possible to remove any sediment.

To flush you simply connect the hose to the drain valve and open the drain valve. Let the water run until it is clear. Close the drain valve and disconnect your hose.

If for some reason you did want to drain the tank, you would turn off the incoming cold water, connect your hose and open the drain valve. To let air in you would open a hot water faucet somewhere. You would not loosen any pipes and you certainly would not open the T&P valve. The T&P valve can have mineral deposits built up around it and if open it may never reseal. Then you will be replacing the T&P. Tapping on it won't make it seal either, no more that slapping the outer jacket will loosen anything inside the tank.

Terrible video.

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Talked to manufacturer over the weekend. They recommend draining, and pouring 2 gallons of apple cider vinegar and let sit about 4 hours, or better yet, over night... then go through the flush procedure. anyone hear of this practice?
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Talked to manufacturer over the weekend. They recommend draining, and pouring 2 gallons of apple cider vinegar and let sit about 4 hours, or better yet, over night... then go through the flush procedure. anyone hear of this practice?
I heard of it. It helps break down the calcium/sediment better. I just can't believe you have that much calcium/sediment build-up in a two year old wh. You must have really hard water.

Well, you went right to the source and that's their advice.

You will have to remove the anode rod to do it though. Let us know if that's what you are going to do. The plumbers here can give you advice. Thank you.
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Talked to manufacturer over the weekend. They recommend draining, and pouring 2 gallons of apple cider vinegar and let sit about 4 hours, or better yet, over night... then go through the flush procedure. anyone hear of this practice?

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You will have to remove the anode rod to do it though.
Why would you want to do that?

If you are going to do this, connect a short hose (your washer hose) to the drain valve, open drain valve. Put a funnel in the other end of the hose and pour your apple juice down the hose. Close drain valve.
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Why would you want to do that?
My reasoning is, he could check, inspect, the anode rod at the same time. Replace if needed.
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Anode changing needs the right size socket and a breaker bar. You risk twisting water and gas connections. A bear to hold the tank while second bear is at the breaker bar. Hope the anode nut doesn't crack. I did get the socket and able to remove the anode on a new, uninstalled tank and decided not worth putting in extra length anode vs the factory short one, but the lesson was that when the tank needs a new rod, a few years, the anode bolt probably will resist from all the crud on it.
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Pretty good video here...

good video..
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