Re: Water Heater: draining in basement?
Posted by hj on July 28, 2002 at 19:19:47:
In response to Re: Water Heater: draining in basement?
Water heaters that are periodically drained may last for 5 years, as an example. The same heater if it is not drained would probably last 60 months. I do not think I have ever drained water from any of my water heaters, and I have never had to replace one because it was leaking. But in your case you do not really have to drain it, you have to flush it, and for that you can use the water pressure in the tank to push the debris out of the hose up to the upper level.

: Our electric water heater is in the basement, and we're neophytes about maintaining it. I understand that if we don't drain it periodically we'll get a build up of sediment and have to replace the heater. We're wondering if we're going to have to rent a pump to drain the water up the basement stairs. Is there some trick to draining it against gravity? How often should water heaters be drained, generally speaking?

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