How Often Should You Drain Your Water Heater?

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Most people don't think about their water heater until there's a problem. And by then, it's often too late.

Do you know your basic water heater maintenance? You might think so, but here's something that might surprise you: water heaters should be drained regularly to prevent mineral buildup from causing damage.

In this blog post, we will discuss how often you should drain your water heater and the best way to do it!

Do I Really Need to Drain and Flush My Water Heater?

Although water heaters are designed to last for many years, they will eventually break down if not properly maintained.

Hard water is the most common enemy of a hot water heater because it contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium that can build up on the inside of your tank over time. These deposits prevent proper heating, which causes premature wear-and-tear or even failure!

Regular flushing helps remove these harmful particles before they become an issue by keeping your unit running more efficiently with fewer maintenance issues in its lifetime - saving money on repairs now will cost much less than having one done later due to neglectful care.

Are There Risks With Draining and Flushing My Water Heater?

Yes, there are risks associated with draining and flushing your water heater - mainly the risk of scalding.

  • Be sure to follow these safety tips when flushing your tank:
  • Shut off the gas or electricity to the unit before starting any maintenance work.
  • Open a hot water tap somewhere in your home to relieve pressure on the tank.
  • Wear gloves and eye protection when working with heated water.
  • Use a siphon hose (or bucket) to drain the tank completely - never use a metal funnel or other object that could create a spark!

How Often Should I Drain My Water Heater?

The general rule of thumb is to flush and drain your water heater every six months, but this may vary depending on your water hardness level and the type of water heater you have.

If you are not sure how to test your water hardness, or if you're not sure what kind of water heater you have, contact the professionals at Moncrief for assistance. We will be able to help determine the best maintenance schedule for your specific unit and ensure it runs safely and efficiently for years to come! Turn to us for all your Atlanta heating needs.

Don’t have a heater yet or are in the market for a new one? Take a look at our Water Heater Buying Guide.