Maybe I’m the only one. But I had NO idea you were supposed to drain your water heater for 5-10 minutes every six months to get out the sediment that settles at the bottom.
And so now, after 7 years of it building up, our gas water heater finally died. It’s funny to me that the warranty expires after 6 years. They must know that we don’t know we’re supposed to empty it and that it will very likely go out AFTER the six years of building up.
Oh, and guess when it broke? FRIDAY NIGHT! UGH! Yes, it seems to always happen that way, right? When our air conditioner went out a few years ago it was over the weekend. When Ryan’s wisdom teeth started coming in sideways it was on Friday night (and he was in major pain all weekend!) It always happens on the weekend.
So no surprise that our water heater waits until Friday night as well.
We’re getting a new one this afternoon, and it turns out that our neighbor knows how to install them and is giving us a super awesome deal on the installation too! Ryan is picking up the Whirlpool 50 gallon one right now (scroll down to the “Customers Also Viewed” and it’s the one that’s $347) at Lowe’s, since it seems to be the least expensive one with the best reviews.
Anyway, I thought I’d share what was going on with us right now and let you know to be sure to let your water heater drain (just hook up a hose to it) for 5-10 minutes every 6 months or so!
It turns out that draining it is super easy to do, but if you’d like step by step instructions you can find them here!
Do you have any other tips for extending the life of your water heater? I sure wish I would’ve known this one 5 years ago when we moved here!!