Are you noticing reduced hot water supply or strange noises coming from your water heater? It might be time for a good flush. Flushing your water heater is a crucial maintenance task that helps remove sediment buildup, ensuring optimal performance and extending its lifespan. While it may sound like a daunting task, with the right guidance, you can easily tackle it yourself. Here’s a step-by-step guide to DIY water heater flushing for Indianapolis residents, brought to you by Mowery Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

  1. Safety First: Before you start any maintenance, ensure your safety. Turn off the power supply to the water heater from the circuit breaker and allow the water to cool down.
  2. Gather Supplies: You’ll need a garden hose, a screwdriver, protective gloves, and safety goggles.
  3. Locate Drain Valve: Find the drain valve at the bottom of your water heater. It typically looks like a standard hose bib.
  4. Attach Hose: Connect one end of the garden hose to the drain valve. Make sure the other end is securely placed in a floor drain or outside where hot water won’t cause damage.
  5. Open Pressure Relief Valve: This step is crucial to allow air into the tank and let the water drain freely. Lift the pressure relief valve lever to open it.
  6. Open Drain Valve: Turn the valve counterclockwise using a screwdriver or pliers. Be cautious as the water will be hot.
  7. Flush the Tank: Let the water flow until it runs clear, indicating that sediment buildup has been removed. This might take a few minutes.
  8. Close Valves: Once the water runs clear, close the drain valve and pressure relief valve.
  9. Refill the Tank: Disconnect the hose and allow the tank to refill completely before turning the power back on.
  10. Check for Leaks: Inspect all connections for leaks before restoring power.

Regular flushing of your water heater can prevent costly repairs and ensure efficient operation. If you encounter any issues or are unsure about performing maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact Mowery Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for professional assistance. By following these simple steps, you can keep your water heater running smoothly and your home comfortably supplied with hot water throughout the year.