Question about Water Heaters
We are trying to get the waterheater to drain so we can replace the element but it wont drain help
I had a message from the smart energy controller on my Whirlpool Water Heater that my lower element was failing. I turned off the power and hooked a garden hose to the valve on the bottom and opened the valve with a 1/4 inch screw driver.Nothing happened! I thought the valve was plugged with settling hard water particles. The water heater was in a closet and I couldn't just let it run out onto the floor.
I was out in the garage looking around when I spotted the bicycle pump and found a female jet hose end that could work. Using a small piece of plastic tubing to connect the bicycle pump to the hose end with clamps( I had to remove the bicycle pump hose) and the other end of the hose to the water heater about five pumps and I could hear the gurgling of the air inside the water heater. I disconnected the hose end and put the hose outside to drain. Voila!
Posted on Dec 21, 2008
I was getting the alert about the lower element and the drain was clogged so I couldn't drain the tank.
What I did was a mess but it worked. This is something you don't want to mess up on and want to make sure the water isn't hot and the electric is turned off and the supply water to the heater is turned off because water will be everywhere and stuff will be all over you. You don't want to get electrocuted or burned. My water heater is in an old basement where I didn't mind having water everywhere to get this resolved. You also do not want to damage the drain.
I turned off the water going to the tank and released a little pressure with the pressure valve. I took the drain apart by removing the white plastic piece that keeps the black part of the drain in. The black part is the part you turn to open or close the drain. Once you remove the white piece you can pull out the black part of the drain. This is where it gets messy as you will have NO control over the water though you did turn off the cold water going to the tank right? Ok, so I pull the black part of the drain straight out and used a wire or something and basically poked it in there and it just left loose. When it's done, put the drain back together. I did turn on the water supply to the heater for a little before putting the drain back together just to make sure the particles were cleared.
Posted on Sep 12, 2009
Most electric water heaters are of an exchange heat system
this is where the element is in a separate tank to the hot water being used in the house (tank in a tank)
Unfortunately when an element fails the water will run out the element fitting hole and there will be a mess as that tank has no drain available
removing the element slowly may allow you to control where the water flows
I would be inclined to get an electrician to do a continuity and resistance test on the element before any thing else as the unit may have nothing wrong with it if it is still heating the water as it should.
Posted on Apr 08, 2015
Hot water heater will not drain
Posted on Jan 05, 2010
1) Will the valve turn?
2) If yes, does any water come out?
3) Is it in a basement or where water won't cause a problem.
I have drained many heaters through the element hole which helps clean out the lime that has built up.
But it must be where water will not cause a problem.
If the drain turns and some water trickles out, it is plugged with lime or calcium build up. (Typical of water heaters and hard water).
Posted on Nov 20, 2008
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