How do I drain my reliance hot water heater?
- Turn the water heater off.
- Shut off the cold water intake valve.
- Open a hot water faucet in your home to vent the system and allow the tank to drain quicker.
- Connect a garden hose to the drain valve near the bottom of the water heater tank.
Click to see full answer
Similarly one may ask, how do you partially drain a hot water heater?
Drain the Water
- Turn the valve counter-clockwise to release a few gallons of water into the bucket or hose for a partial flush.
- If you are doing a complete drain and are using a hose, let the tank drain until empty.
- When using a bucket for a full flush, you should use rubber gloves to avoid getting scalded.
Additionally, can you drain a hot water heater by running hot water? Run Hot Water and Open the Drain Valve Run hot water from a nearby tap, upstairs if possible. This allows hot water to drain from the tank and relieves pressure in the system. Open the drain valve and make sure the water is flowing out of the tank.
Similarly one may ask, can I flush my own water heater?
To flush your hot water tank, simply turn on the cold water spigot leading into your hot water tank. Let it run for a few minutes until the water exiting your hose runs clear. As you can see, I still had some sediment (can be seen at the bottom) coming out.
How long does it take to empty a water heater?
It almost takes 20-25 minutes to drain out entire water from the heater and executing the whole process. But this duration varies from the size of the heater. Ideally, with the flow rate between 9 GPM to 17 GPM, for a 5—gallon tank, if the water flows out in the full swing, the tank gets emptied within 6-7 minutes.