If for any reason your water heater is going to be off for an extended time, and the place where you live is subjected to freezing temperatures, then it’s paramount to winterize it accordingly. The winterizing procedure includes emptying the water heater, draining all water from the appliance, and filling it with an antifreeze solution (optional).
As easy as it sounds, it’s recommended to allow qualified plumbing technicians to handle this task. After all, an expert can ensure the proper functioning and duration of your water heater and able to diagnose any related problems that may arise.
Winterizing A Water Heater
First, you need to turn the electrical power and gas supply off. Turn the gas off through the main valve on the gas supply line, and for the electric water heater unplug the power cord. Also, if you still have some hot water inside the tank, give a little extra time to cool before you start the following steps.
Now that your water heater is cool, it’s time to drain it. Find the drain valve near the bottom, and connect it to a regular garden hose, or use a bucket progressively if you have a garden hose. Direct the drained water towards the nearest floor drain (outside works too) and double-check that the air vent on top of the water heater is opened beforehand.
Depending on your water heater size, it can take up to 40 minutes to drain the entire water heater. When the tank is finally idle, open the faucets in the kitchen, bathrooms, and basement. You’ll notice the remaining drained water, but it’ll eventually stop.
Lastly, leave the faucets open to help release the pressure from the plumbing system.
Now that your water heater is idle, and winterized. You can go a step further by adding an antifreeze solution to further protect your tank and water drains.
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