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Water heater will not drain

Use garden hose to drain tank

Turn off water to tank
Turn off power to tank Read more
Attach hose.
Open drain valve turning counterclockwise
Open bathtub spout so air can enter tank
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If you are draining heater to remove element or gas control valve...

Loosen element or gas control while tank is still full.
Then drain tank to remove completely.

Option: Remove TP valve and siphon water.

Remove TP valve and insert siphon hose
Let water cool for several hours.
Release pressure by opening TP valve.
Rotate TP counter-clockwise using pipe wrench to remove.
Insert garden hose or other hose to act as siphon.
Or use drill pump
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clogged water heater

Option: Flush open using water pressure

Use garden hose and washing machine hose.
1) Water pressure is ON.
2) Washing machine hose connects to drain valve and garden hose
3) Open water heater drain-valve (turn counterclockwise)
4) Turn on outdoor spigot for 10-20 seconds
5) Repeat if needed
6) Works on gas or electric heater.

Use garder hose cap to seal dripping drain valve
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Washing machine hose and garden hose connected to water heater

Other end of garden hose connected to outdoor spigot

Open drain valve on water heater

Turn on outdoor spigot to flush open water heater

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water spigot

Turn on spigot for 10-20 seconds

so water flows into water heater <> this will flush tank open
drain water heater

Check if tank drain is open

1) Turn off outdoor spigot
2) Drop hose on ground and see if water heater will drain
bath spigot

To drain tank

1. Shut off water main to house

2. Turn off 30 Amp circuit breaker to water heater, or turn off gas to water heater

3. Open hot water side of bathtub so air can enter pipe
Flush tool
tank rinser

Buy plastic tank rinser

Works with ball valve shown below

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water heater ball valve
Water heater drain valve

Replace Water heater drain valve with ball valve

Easier flush and clean out
Full open position lets you insert 1/4" copper pipe flushing tool

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Use 6 wraps teflon tape on threads
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How to drain tankless

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Water heater drain cap

Use hose cap if drain valve drips

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replace water heater drain valve

Water heater drain valve

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Drip pan
Drip pan saves damage

Drip pan saves damage

Use full-size 3/4" drain line
Inspect water heater each 6 months for leaks.
Set water heater in drip pan

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Set 3-leg water heater on bricks

So drain valve is not lower than edge of drip pan
So air intake on bottom of gas water heater can be cleaned
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