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Which type and brand water heater?
Tankless?
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/How-to-drain-tankless.pdf

Tank type?
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-will-not-drain.html

Boiler, solar, indirect, hybrid, combo, heat pump, etc?
Most have a drain valve.

Posted on Nov 03, 2012

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