Question about Water Water Heaters
Without knowing anything about your water heater, I would suggest taking it out into the yard and after removing the valve and as many fittings as possible, try to poke an opening in the sediment with wire or whatever and then reverse flush it using an air/water gun or pressure washer and then flush it through every opening.
Once satisfied as much sediment as possible has been removed, ensure the electrics are thoroughly dry before reinstalling.
Posted on May 17, 2020
You can try to flush the sediment with the water and power on. Just hook a short hose to the drain and shoot it into a clean white bucket (so you can see what comes out). The drains on most water heaters are far too constricted to flush anything but the small particles, so if your problem continues you might consider replacing the factory drain with a short 3/4" dielectric pipe nipple, a 3/4" full port ball valve, a 3/4" m.i.p. x 3/4" garden hose male and a garden hose cap with hose washer. That will give you some serious flushing capability.
If all of these steps won't get rid of your noises take comfort in the fact that the noise may be a nuisance to you, but it is not doing any really bad damage to your heater. I also strongly recommend getting a water softener to prevent this problem from ever happening again.
Posted on Apr 05, 2009
If the hot water heater is gas be sure it's turned off same if it's electric so you don't burn out theelements in the tank, I would advise you to buy some plumbers putty and pull the drain scre out and put putty in it then reinstall the screw. all the ones I looked at I could not tell by looking to see where the drain was and if it has like a hose bib on it or not. also pull the screw all theway out and see if you got some sand in the valve and if so use some compressed air in a can to blow the stuff out of the seating area of the screw. Hope this is helpful would be nice to have a picture of the drain.
Posted on Jul 26, 2009
SOURCE: i have a 50 gallon
If you're having to reset the breaker, then most likely you have a bad heating element. Usually the bottom element burns out first, however if you had the water off, and the level dropped in the tank, the heater might have come on without water in it. This will cause it to overheat and burn out. Now when you turn the breaker on, the current is going to ground, tripping the breaker. If you are handy you can replace them, but be sure water heater electric is off or disconnected, and then drain water below the element level. While you're replacing one element replace them both.
Posted on Oct 13, 2010
SOURCE: My Rheem: Model # 41V50,
The drain valve can always be replaced so you can drain that with no worries....after it is empty open and clsoe the cold water valve to flush more...
As far as being large enough... that depends...
If you have a teenager like I do that takes 40 min showers in steaming hot water... no....
If you are running more then one shower at a time... then probably not...
The other thing that could have happened is that the dip tube for the cold water inlet has broken off or disintergrated...that happens...
Usually you will then get cold water and the gas valve will not yet have kicked on the burner, because the cold water is not going to the bottom...
If it is a new install... check thet the supply and return are hooked up correctly...
thermostat is gas vavle may also be bad, but not too likely...
Posted on Feb 25, 2011
Testimonial: "Thank you for your information. I will try to drain the tank first."
The shut-off is not on the water heater.
The shut-off is usually located on cold water pipe that enters water heater.
See image of shut-off:
If shut-off is not located on cold pipe at water heater, then turn off water to house at water meter.
Posted on Sep 25, 2011
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