I've been told that two of my faucets were clogged with sediment from
a decaying part in the waterheater and that I should replace the
waterheater (bought seven years ago) before the pipes get clogged. Is
this a common problem with waterheaters?
I would recommend replacing the sacrificial anode in water heater, if you
are a DIY, it is a better deal than buying a new one.
will make your old water heater "like new" again for another 7 years!
PS - this trick won't work if the water in your area is so hard that the
tank is now 1/4 full of sediment!
Sounds more like a problem with waterheater
sellers! How about opening the drain valve (put
a hose on it first) and seeing what kind of gunk
comes out. NO water or very low flow means there
is probably a lot of gunk on the bottom of the
tank, hard to clean out, will probably end up
burning out the lower element, do what you want.
Gunk with some flow, means try to get it out by
running until clear, if flow remains low, same as
above. No gunk with good flow, probably not
causing the faucets to be clogged, forget it.
This is probably true. A decaying part in the water heater is different
from sediment/minerals in the water heater. There was some bad heaters
released perhaps 15 years ago that had a part that would decay and clogg
stuff. If this is what they are saying you got, its time to replace the
Otherwise you can try this.
Turn off the water to the heater. Drain the heater. Refill the heater.
Repeat a few times. And from here on at least once or twice per year
(even with a brand new heater).
And before you do that (in case you didn't know this already), if it's
an electric water heater, TURN OFF the electric power to the heater or
you'll burn out an element or melt a plastic dip tube.
This guy Gilbert shouldn't have asumed you knew that allready.
Well, most of us learn from experience. But personally I prefer that it
be other peoples' experiences. <G>
And in case the OP is truly a neophyte with this sort of stuff it can't
hurt to tell him to open a hot water faucet after he shuts off the
supply to the heater so air can get into the tank and make the draining
MUCH easier. We don't have to tell him to close the faucet afterwards;
That he'll figure out on his own.
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