Is there a way to remove scale from a gas water heater?


And, how much does flushing really help?
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Big Al wrote:

I understand you are supposed to drain them once per year, but I never do. I could kick myself in the butt sometimes for being so lazy.
I've always wondered if you could disconnect the supply pipe and pour something in the water heater and then drain it, but I don't know. Maybe somesort of mix of white vinegar, chlorine bleach and muriatic acid would work? I dunno.
The best solution is probably to buy a water heater with a very long warranty. I think some of them reduce build up by swirling the water in the tank.
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Big Al wrote:

No, there is not any real way to get rid of it once it is there.
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Yes regular flushing does help, but it does not eliminate what is already solidly attached. You need to flush regularly to do any good.
How much of a problem this is depends on the condition of the water as it goes into the water heater. Some areas like mine have very little problem, but some others have extreme problems.
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so what trouble is the scale causing?
other than a boiling sound when heating scale causes little trouble unless it fills the tank.... very rare.
so what troubles are you having? how old is your tank? gas or electric?
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