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I want to know how to drain the water and get the lime out of the tank

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Unplug, cool down, remove carafe and basket, turn unit horizontally over sink. It will drain faster if you remove the screw on "distributor" (nozzle). OR do not drain. Just add the plastic pitcher full of a 50% white vinegar solution, let heat then turn off for 1 hour. Drain OR add 4-5 pitchers of cold water to rinse.

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Assuming that the flow control is not defective, your water heater may be limed shut.
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Check yours and you should find a drain located near the bottom of it.
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well the tank is made of brass and copper. That takes away that it is the unit. It sounds like lime buildup. Now what does happen as water goes into the tank and heats up lime will remain in the tank. Then as time goes buy it then starts to get to heavy and relesase itself and then the clog effect it taking place.

the best thing you can do now is reverse flow water into the tank and wash it out, its call beack washing. Yu can buy some products to put in at first to help break it down and then you get ore out.

With the new whole house units they now install a vakve set that has two way valves so you can backwash the tanks and stay ontop of the lime.

You must be asking where does the linme come from, well it starts at the well where the water department gets there water. then it goes into a filtering system and they use a lime to act as the filter agent then it heads out to the system and coats the pipes all along the way. I have cut 16 inch pipe and there was solid inch of lime caked inside.

I tell many people if yuo looking inside the water system yo would never drink the water. You might want to think about getting a whole house filter system to slow down the kime that geets in.

Thanks so much be safe in all that you do.


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Need instructions on how to drain and flush.

You posted under water heaters.
Always let a water heater cool off before draining.
Hot water can cause serious burns. Immediately put burned area into cool water.

There are different types of water heaters, and each might drain and flush differently.
Open following link for typical gas and electric tank-type:

To drain and flush tankless, it can be called de-liming tankless.
Be sure to read tankless manual for instructions and advisories, and required maintenance.

If you have boiler, or indirect water heater, solar water heater, or RV heater, the instructions above may not apply. be very careful with a boiler due to extreme high temperatures.
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You are correct.Also check the tank for lime.By unplugging and removing top of machine (2) screws and remove fill basin.You can then remove your t-stat probe to check.If it is lime up you can crack off the lime and reinstall it in the tank.If limed up I would suggest de-liming.T-stat part# 4314.0001.

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There are several possible reasons for this problem. Not knowing your variables as such, I will go thru a couple of the most common reasons.
Most likely, your water heater is older and has lost its efficiency due to lime build up in the tank that settles out of the water that is stored in it. This covers the bottom of the tank where the burner is if it is gas and prevents a good thermal conductivity to the water. As you shower the heater does not recover fast enough to replace the hot water used. The same effect will happen with an electric water heater when the lime build up covers the electric coils that heat the water.
You can try to drain down the tank with the spigot at the bottom of the tank to get some of the lime out, but usually if you do that at this point, it will not remedy the situation enough to make a big difference. If this is the problem, a new water heater will be the way to go.
You can also check the setting on the thermostat and see if it is set too low. 190 F is about the normal setting. If you go much higher, you risk scalding. If your heater is new, it may be set a little low, but not usually so. You can nudge it up for temporary fix for the above lime problem, however you are only prolonging the inevitable of replacing the water heater.
Unless this is a new installation, it is most likely lime build up.
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