How To Drain Your Electric Water Heater

  1. 1. Turn the electric power off
  2. Hook a garden hose up to the drain valve
  3. Make sure the hose is unkinked and strung out to the outside or into a bathtub
  4. Open the drain valve and let the water run for three to five minutes
  5. Turn the water supply off at the top of the water heater
  6. Open the T&P valve to create a vent
  7. Drain the water heater down
  8. After the heater is empty turn the water supply on and let it run for two minutes
  9. Turn the water supply off
  10. Close the drain valve
  11. Disconnect the hose
  12. Turn the water supply on to fill the water heater
  13. Close the T&P valve
  14. Open a tub faucet to vent the air out of the water heater as it fills
  15. When the tub faucet runs with clear water you can shut it off
  16. After the water heater is filled up,
  17. Turn the electric power back on

How To Drain Your Gas Water Heater

  1. Turn the supply back to pilot
  2. Hook a garden hose up to the drain valve
  3. Make sure the hose is unkinked and strung out to the outside or into a bathtub
  4. Open the drain valve and let the water run for three to five minutes
  5. Turn the water supply off at the top of the water heater
  6. Open the T&P valve to create a vent
  7. Drain the water heater down
  8. After the heater is empty turn the water supply on and let it run for two minutes
  9. Turn the water supply off
  10. Close the drain valve
  11. Disconnect the hose
  12. Turn the water supply on to fill the water heater
  13. Close the T&P valve
  14. Open a tub faucet to vent the air out of the water heater as it fills
  15. When the tub faucet runs with clear water you can shut it off
  16. After the water heater is filled up,
  17. Turn the gas back to on