De-mineralizing a hot water heater - a success story!
I have very hard well water (iron, calcium, etc), and have never flushed my 8 year old water heater (40-gal, natural gas). Needless to say, there was audible snap, crackle, pop, and occasionally boom sounds.
Rather than shell out $$ for a new unit, I performed the following procedure last month with the help of an adventurous plumber:
1. drain tank
2. add two gallons of white vinegar
3. wait 12 hours (at about the 6 hour mark, I ignited the burner for a minute or so)
4. flush tank
5. repeat steps 1-4
It's been one month now, and still no noise!
Just thought I'd share...
water heater "maintenance"?
So, the basic advice re. water heaters is occasionally flush some water out the bottom, otherwise let sleeping dogs lie?
I also saw the "This Old House" story where Richard the plumber changes out the anode rod thing, started wondering if I should do that, too.
My gas fired 40 gallon unit is going strong after 14 years ... I guess I'd better keep the floor drain clear! Great info on this board ... Phil
it's been an interesting experiment...
Thanks for the clarification, Gary. I misread your post.
Well, it's been an interesting experiment anyway. I've been laid off for a few months now and can't afford a new water heater + installation, so in the meantime, $8 worth of white vinegar and a $13 relief valve may have bought me some time.
I'll try to remember to re-post in 6 months or so and give an update.