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draining a hot water heater

How to Drain a Water Heater

Draining your water heater yearly removes any sediment that has built up in the bottom of the tank and makes your water run more efficiently. Watch this video to find out how to drain your water heater.

Creating Storage From a Water Heater Closet

Anne decided to remove her existing water heater and go tankless. Now she has an extra closet to use but needs help deciding what to do with the drain hole.

How to Drain a Water Heater

Draining your water heater removes sediment from the tank that makes it work harder and cost more to use. And anybody can do it — just follow these instructions!
Dripping Faucet

4 Places to Check for Water Leaks in Your Home

A dripping faucet can waste 3,000 gallons of water each year. Monitor these common sources of hidden leaks to prevent all that waste!

Draining a Hot Water Heater

Draining your water heater regularly allows it to work more efficiently and last longer. Watch this video to find out how to drain the hot water heater in your home.

How to Make Hot Water Heaters More Efficient

Watch this video to see some tips on how to save energy and lower your utility bills when using the hot water heater in your home including lowering the water heater thermostat, insulating hot water pipes, and draining the water heater periodically.
Pressure relief valve on hot water heater.

How to Fix a Water Heater’s Leaking Pressure-Relief Valve

Leighton asks, "I just drained my hot water heater, and now the pressure relief valve is leaking. Is this something I can replace on my own, or should I call a plumber?"

Pressure relief valves sometime develop a drip when opened for the first time in years. If the drip doesn’t stop on its own in a day or two, here are the basic steps involved.
Closing the pressure relief valve on a hot water heater.

When to Close the Pressure Relief Valve While Draining a Hot Water Tank

Desiree’ asks, "After draining a hot water heater, do you reset the pressure valve before refilling the tank or after?"

Close the pressure relief valve before refilling it to keep water from coming out the valve and through the discharge pipe when it's refilling. Read on for more details.
Opening pressure relief valve on top of water heater

Hot Water Heater Maintenance Tips for Your Home

Performing simple routine maintenance on your water heater can make it last longer and keep small problems from turning into big ones. Watch this video to find out how.