How to Flush a Water Heater

How to Flush a Water Heater

hey everybody this is Adam with a quick tutorial on how to flush a water heater and before you start you need to know where your water shut off valve is mine is right there see that yellow lever if I turn it 90 degrees it’ll shut the water off in case something bad happens while I’m doing this that the thing falls apart and I’m getting a flood so you want to know where to shut it off and also here is my valve to shut the gas off now the manual says that you should shut the gas and the water off to flush it and that’s for more complete flush but on an older tank I don’t really want to do that because if I drain all the water out the tank is going to be hot when I put new water and

It’s going to be really cold and that temperature change can cause the metal to contract quickly which could lower the life of this if there’s a weak metal in there it could crack it and I would

have a flood so I’m not going to do that with this one you can do whatever you want if you want to shut your water off and totally drain it go for it but just so you know you can flush it and leave the water on so that’s what I’m going to do now before you start draining you’re going to need somewhere to put the water and I’m going to dump it down this drain here first I’m going to remove this cover because I don’t want anything obstructing it I can shove the hose right down there and get it all out of here so the first thing I’m going to do is turn this down to vacation mode next I’m going to hook up a garden hose you should have a spigot coming out of the side of the bottom of your water heater and put it on pretty tight you should have a rubber o-ring in there a little gasket now there is the idea of if it isn’t  broke don’t fix it on old water heaters it might be worse to mess around with it it will they could flushing it could cause it to fail earlier but on the same side if it’s that close to failing wouldn’t you on it to fail when it’s right there in

front of you rather than when you’re gone out of your house or on vacation you come back and there’s a big flood so anyway you decide what you want to do okay on your spigot you’re going to have a little slot most likely and you can use a flathead screwdriver to open it up it’s just like a garden faucet they’ll turn it counterclockwise and I have a gallon jug here I’m going to fill it up so you can see what it looks like the water coming out now if you have a lot of sediment buildup you know turn it off again if you have a lot of sediment buildup you need to run this for a long

time now this looks pretty clean I think I flushed this tank once so you’re supposed to do it maybe once a year look how clean that is let’s keep going let’s see what we can get out of here you know some people don’t have a drain on the floor and you might want to put your water going outside don’t put it on your plants hot water is bad for plants another tip because this water is going to be scalding hot so if you’re making mistake you don’t want to get burned now this is perfectly clear looking water I see just a Connie a few tiny flecks of stuff so I’m not getting much so I’m just going to dump this straight down the drain let’s see what we get all right well I’m getting nothing out of this so I’m thinking this is good and I’m surprised I thought I’d get a lot more sediment so this must be a pretty good water heater one and something’s some things going well in this thing usually I mean it’s been probably seven years since this thing is flushed anther is no rust anything coming out of here that’s a very good sign normally when the water comes out it’s all you know rusty colored and you know Michael clear for a little bit and I’m just going to go rusty looking again so oh by the way if this thing drips just put a rather than worry about it I just put a cup or something down below to catch it usually in a day it’ll stop dripping a day or two maybe a week so rather than try to worry about fixing it and if this is leaking a lot you know when you’re unscrewing it you got water coming out of here just tighten this on top and that should stop it from leaking out but a few drips down here is normal and then it’ll stop leaking after a little bit so I wouldn’t worry about it um anyway yeah again I’m surprised this didn’t have a lot more garbage floating around rust and deposits so it’s a Rheem brand so maybe they make a great water heater anyway I hope that’s helped if so please click

 

Tankless Water Heater VS Conventional

Tankless Water Heater VS Conventional

Tankless Water Heater VS Conventional

Looking to install or replace an existing water heater? We’ll work with you to determine your needs and recommend a perfect solution based off of those needs. Below are the most important factors to consider between tankless water heaters (heats cold water on demand only as you need it) and conventional water heaters (use gas flame or electric heating element to heat the water) and to help you make an informed decision.

Conventional Water Heater

  • Depending on your local utility costs, gas water heaters are typically less expensive to operate than an electric.
  • Easy installation procedure (if replacing existing conventional water heater).
  • Can handle a large amount of water usage.
  • When you lose power, there is a reserve of hot water for a short time period.
  • Generally less expensive than tankless water heaters.

Tankless Water Heater

  • Endless hot water supply
  • More energy efficient than conventional hot water tank (by about 50%)
  • Require less space in your home
  • Instant hot water

6-10 Year Water Heater Warranty

If your New Act Construction / Plumbing installed Water Heater (30-40-50 Gallon Gas Tank Style) fails within the warranty period, New Act will fix it at no charge. And that includes labor! We are talking about any failure not just tank failures like our competitors cover.  If it leaks on the last day of your warranty New Act will install a new water heater for free, no questions asked and that includes labor!

GE Water Heater Owners: Due to manufacturing and design issues beyond our control, we do not repair or replace parts on General Electric water heaters.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  We are happy to replace your troubled water heater with a new unit that is fully warranted and serviced by Mike Diamond Services.

 

What’s Wrong with my Water Heater?

What’s Wrong with my Water Heater?

What’s Wrong with my Water Heater?

Check out the most common problems to determine if a water heater repair or replacement is right for you.

Not Enough Hot Water

If you’re running out of hot water too quickly, there are a couple things to check. First and foremost, take a look at your water heater’s thermostat. It could be as simple as adjusting the heat so the water gets hotter. If you’ve had issues with hot water supply for as long as you’ve had the heater, your water heater’s tank might not be big enough to supply the hot water you need.

It’s also possible that your tank is leaking or that the dip tube, which supplies cold water to the tank, may be broken or cracked. The heating element, burner (in a gas unit), or wiring (in an electric unit) could also be malfunctioning. Professionals can fix all of these problems.

Water is Too Hot

If your hot water is too hot, the problem is probably with your heater’s thermostat. Check to see if it’s turned too high. If it isn’t, it could be malfunctioning. Mark its current position and then turn it to a cooler setting. Wait a few hours. If the water is still as hot as it was before you turned the temperature down, it’s because the thermostat isn’t working.

If the water coming out of your faucets is way too hot or it steams, it’s possible that the water heater isn’t shutting off at the temperature it’s supposed to. This is probably because the temperature-pressure (TP) relief valve is malfunctioning. This is easily replaced by pros.

Water Takes Too Long to Reheat

If your water takes too long to heat up after the tank is emptied, it’s because your heating element is struggling. This could be because the heating element itself needs to be replaced or because the power supply isn’t reaching the element.

Slow-heating water could also be the sign of a more serious problem, however. If sediment or rust has built up in your water tank, it could be smothering or insulating the element. This insulation will force the element to work harder to heat the water, causing a pressure and heat build up that could lead to rupture.

Water is Rust Colored or Smelly  

If your water is rust-colored or smells and tastes weird, the first step is to determine if the problem is with your heater or your source water. If all your water (cold and hot) or only your cold water is discolored, the problem is your source water. If only the hot water is discolored or smelly, it’s because there’s a high concentration of sulfates or other minerals in your tank. These minerals are “cooked” when the water is heated and release into your water. See if flushing the tank helps.

If the problem persists after a total flush or two, have a pro replace the anode rod in your water heater’s tank. This device acts like a kind of rust “lightning rod.” It keeps your tank from rusting out from the inside by corroding in its place.

Valve or Tank is Leaking

If the water tank of your heater itself is leaking, it has been irrevocably corroded from the inside. At that point, the only good way to solve the problem is to replace the tank. This should be done as soon as possible.

If the valve directly below the tank is leaking, however, you may still have options. Usually, the thing you’ll notice leaking will be the temperature/pressure relief valve. This opens to relieve high pressures and temperatures inside the tank and lets out water in the process. If it’s leaking, then it can’t do its job properly or is opening prematurely. If you notice a problem with your TP valve, call a professional for a diagnosis. The TP valve is often a harbinger for greater problems, so if you call fast, we may be able to save you from a more costly fix.

 

Toilet Troubleshoot

Toilet Troubleshoot

In the situation that the flesh lever is actuated and the toilet did not flush there are a few scenarios that can be played out if the tank is full with water check to see if the flapper valve

Chain is attached to the flush lever if It is not simply reattach the flapper valve chain to the flush lever and the tool it should flush correctly generally the chain should be adjusted and secured so it does not easily become separated from the flush lever sometimes the toilet starts to flush but during the process is stopped suddenly by the flapper valve resealing on to the flush valve seat

If this happens usually the flapper valve is not buoyant long enough during the flushing process replacing the flapper valve should fix the problem English (auto-generated)

 

Camera Inspections

Camera Inspections

Camera Inspections Prevent Accidents

One way to avoid these unexpected situations is with sewer camera inspections. At New Act Construction / Plumbing, we can save you the trouble of having to deal with a pipeline accident with our sewer camera inspection services.
It’s pretty simple, really. We roll up to your property and will locate the places in your yard where the pipe connections are under the ground. Once we can access the pipe connection we insert our video camera. The camera sends a closed-circuit video feed to one of our onsite technicians to examine. Because the camera is so small, it can be moved up or down the length of the sewer pipe, giving us an up close and accurate view of the interior of the pipelines.
Through the high-quality footage recorded, we can identify any kind of problem developing inside the pipe, including leaks, cracks, clogs, and breaks. Once we can properly diagnose the situation, we remove the sewer camera and move on to trenchless pipe rehabilitation. The trenchless solutions vary depending on what needs to be fixed. If there is a clog or tree root creating a blockage, we will use our hydro jetting services to remove it. Conducted with a simple hose and nozzle, a high-pressure blast of water is sent through the pipes, removing debris and even cutting through tree roots.
If the problem identified from the sewer camera inspection is a leak or crack in the pipe, we can repair this with our pipe lining services. The lining is a pliable epoxy-coated sleeve that is inserted into the pipeline, and once it is in place, we send hot water through the system. The hot water causes a chemical reaction that cures the pipe in place. Within a few hours, the lining is hardened, creating a new pipe within the pipe by adhering to the diameter of the former of the pipe.

While our repair solutions greatly vary, it is through our sewer camera inspections that these innovative processes are even possible. Our sewer camera inspections help prevent any surprises by allowing you to be proactive about the care of your pipes. For more information on our trenchless sewer repairs and sewer camera inspection, contact us at New Act Construction.

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