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Tank-type gas or electric water heater:
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How do I drain the water tank


Anon, Make sure gas or breaker(power) is turned off to the Heater so it will not come on during draining,connect a hose onto bottom valve of water heater, run hose to a floor drain and insert, turn your water main off so as not to fill tank while draining, open water heater drain valve, water will then drain from attached hose into floor drain until empty. For water to run faster you may open a near by hot water tap, this will allow air into tank as you drain it, do not forget to turn this tap off before refilling tank. You then can turn main back on for a bit if you would like to do a flush of sediment from the bottom of tank.
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How do i drain a water heater


What kind of water heater do you have?
Tank, tankless, under-counter, portable, solar?
If you have ordinary tank-type water heater, then open drain tap at bottom of heater.
Be aware also that older heaters, the drain valve will possibly leak afterwards and you will need a garden hose cap over the valve.
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Sep 01, 2012 | Water Heaters

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I have a Richmond model 8MV50-2B. I'm having issues draining the tank to check the electrodes. Normally, on a water heater there is a shutoff down near where you attach the garden hose to drain the...


Problem is not clear.
Is water heater clogged and not draining?
What kind of shut off is normally located down near drain valve on electric water heater?
If you have gas heater, you can normally just rotate knob to pilot to shut off burner.
If you are draining electric water heater, normally you turn off circuit breaker, attach garden hose to drain valve, open drain valve by turning counterclockwise, open TP valve or open bathtub faucet, and then water drains out.

Open following links for illustrations.
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Aug 13, 2011 | Water Heaters

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I just noticed that my hot water heater that is 6 years old is dripping very slowly from the bottom faucet, how can i stop this leak. thank you.


If you mean the drain valve, then buy garden hose cap at home center.
Cap will have rubber washer that seals tank.
If drain valve is plastic, the cap may not thread on without sanding down end of plastic drain valve.
Otherwise replace drain valve, which is simple if drain valve is brass, but can be difficult if drain valve is plastic.
Turn off power to water heater: Electric: turn off circuit breaker. Gas: turn knob to pilot.
Turn off water, open bathtub spigot on Hot side, drain water heater, remove drain valve with wrench.
If plastic drain valve breaks while being removed, then 'gently' break out broken part using hammer and big screwdriver.
Buy new drain valve at box store in water heater department.
Put teflon tape on new drain valve threads.
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Im looking for the drain on a vanguard 3wa79 by rheem. i want to change the element but cant figure out how to drain the tank. i have looked all around the bottom of the tank and around the whole unit and...


The drain is a plastic valve, looks like a knob with a hose fitting coming out the middle of it. It should be about 1' above the bottom of the tank enclosure.
Be sure to turn the gas off before you drain the water and fill the tank before you relight it.

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Water heater drain valve leaks


You have two choices. First make sure you are dealing with the drain valve and not the temperature and pressure relief valve. Then you can either cap the drain valve with a garden hose cap or you can drain the water heater and replace the drain valve - if you chose replace make sure you get a water heater drain valve (3/4" MPT).

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Cant get my 50 gal rheem electric water heater to drain to change elements


There is 2 ways to do this.
The first way is to turn off the power. Turn off the incoming water (cold) to the heater. Go to a faucet close to the location. Turn off the cold water supply under the sink. Open the hot water side of the faucet. Allow any water to drain from the faucet. Make sure that the water coming out is not under pressure. You should be able to tell by how it come out. Easy, or forceful. Now go to the heater and open the bottom drain valve. The reason it does not drain very easy is because you have a vacuum. Similar to having a soda bottle full of water and turning it upside down. It will drain but it will "Glug" and drain slow. Opening the hot side of the faucet relieves the vacuum and it should drain o.k. When you are done with your repair, leave the hot side of the faucet open and turn on the incoming water to the heater on. Let it fill till you get a steady stream of water from the faucet. This "Burbs" all air out and ensures the tank is full prior to turning on the power. When you get the steady stream, turn off the faucet and restore power. In some cases, the heater may sweat because you are heating very cold water. This is normal and will only happen this one time.
Now if you want to know the second way, let me know. I've done it dozens of times with plenty of success and minimal mess.
Good Luck

Mar 06, 2009 | Rheem 81VP15S Point-of-Use Electric Water...

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