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haveAquestion
Noisey Hot Water Heater

During the night, when the hot water heater is trying to reheat the water, I hear alot of popping noise (like pop-corn is popping). Is the anything I can do to stop it?

Gizmo
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dj1
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Do what gizmo suggests, if your heater in 3 years old or less.

Ideally, when you install a new water heater, it's good to drain it annually. However, if you haven't drained it in 3, 4, 5 or 6 years, don't try then. Sometimes the mineral built up is so bad that no water will come out of the drain outlet, even when you try to pry it with a screwdriver.

BTW, if your heater is over 6 years old and out of warranty, start making plans to replace it.

johnjh2o
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It's much more effective if you connect a hose to the tank drain and turn it on. That way the water pressure will flush the tank out.

John

haveAquestion
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It's much more effective if you connect a hose to the tank drain and turn it on. That way the water pressure will flush the tank out.

John

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John;
Can you elaborate further. Are you saying attach an outside water source to the tank drain and turn on the water? How will the tank empty if the hose is attached and running into the tank?
Thanks,
James

Gizmo
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hook the water hose to the bottom drain connection then let it drain on it drain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5RqPa95Fy0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjOK7znaMy4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjOK7znaMy4

johnjh2o
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You don't drain the tank you flush it. Just connect the hose to the bottom of the tank and turn it on. Let it run until the water runs clear.

John

dj1
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johnjh2o wrote:

You don't drain the tank you flush it. Just connect the hose to the bottom of the tank and turn it on. Let it run until the water runs clear.

John

John,
You failed to mention that in order to do what you suggest, he needs a "hose to hose female connector/coupling". Without one, he can't connect the male end of the hose into the male part of the drain faucet.

johnjh2o
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I guess I'm not making myself clear. The hose connected to the bottom of the tank is for the water to run out. When you open it water enters the tank through the cold water feed. As we all know this water enters the tank through a dip tube which goes to the bottom of the tank. Breaking up and forcing out any debris in the bottom of the tank out through the hose. Just draining the tank will only remove loose debris.

John

Gizmo
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This morning I posted some youtube video's that coaches you through the drain/flushing process. I guess the moderator is to busy to approve them

haveAquestion
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I figuered it out, thanks for the help from all of you.
James

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