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Bradford White water heater, I was going to flush the tank but on opening the valve a short burst of 3 cups of very dirty water with a lot sediments.

I had the faucets open and the pressure relief valve but no draining. If I open the water supply valve then i have full pressure at drain valve.I open the supply valve and tried to flush that way but it only removed a couple of gallons of hot water, turned the faucets off and waited 10 mins then the water was getting fairly hot again. this was done with the gas turned off. It gurgled alot while trying to drain but never started flowing. So i started over a few times with no luck.Can you help me with this problem please? Reason was third time in a year with luke warm water

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Clogged valve

Posted on Apr 19, 2017

Testimonial: "I have backed flushed and restarted the draining process several times in the past but it will only drain a couple of gallons. still valve???"

  • robert Feb 05, 2018

    On everything you describe I still think it is a clogged valve. My guess would be you have a lot of sediment in the bottom of your tank. So try this remove the drain valve itself not just open it up but actually remove it from the water heater. That way you have a larger drain opening . Now you can also probe with a wire or a stick to remove any clog at that opening. Good luck. Comment as to your findings thank you



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