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Are You Getting Your Water Heater Flushed Often Enough?

A Water Heater

How Often Should I Flush My Water Heater?

Your hot water heater tank—it’s one of the things that many people don’t think about until it doesn’t work. When it’s installed well and set to the right temperature and pressure settings, you don’t have to do much to keep it running efficiently. However, like other major equipment in your home, it needs your attention occasionally.

How Often Should You Flush a Water Heater Tank?

The frequency with which to flush a water heater depends on the size of the tank and the amount of hot water used. It is a good idea to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. Usually, the more hot water a household uses, the greater the maintenance flushing frequency.

With time, water heater sludge accumulates at the bottom of a tank as minerals, sediment and other deposits settle in the water. Flushing out these deposits prolongs the heater’s life and prevents malfunctions, such as cold bursts of water.

If you don’t have access to the manufacturer’s instructions, the following serves as a general guide:


One or two people in a home: Inspect the water heater every six months and drain it every 12 months

Three to five people in a home: Inspect the water heater every four months and drain it every eight months

Six or more people in a home: Inspect the water heater every four months and drain it every six months

You may need to drain the hot water tank more often if your water comes from a well or if your municipal water has abnormally high sediment content.

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Additional Water Heater Maintenance

Give your water heater the attention it deserves to prolong its life and save energy. When you encounter a problem that you can’t repair on your own, hear unusual noises from the tank or simply want an expert to perform maintenance services for you, get in touch with Art Douglas Plumbing to schedule an appointment.

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