Category: Water Heater

Flushing a Tank-Styled Water Heater

Even though a tank-styled water heater doesn’t need a mandatory cleaning every year (like a tankless water heater or boiler), there are still ways you can help keep a tank-styled water heater maintained. This cleaning guide can be used on tank-styled water heater brands such as AO Smith, Bradford White, and Rheem!

Sediment buildup in a tank-styled water heater can reduce your water heater’s energy efficiency and clog your water lines. To help alleviate these problems, and to help increase the life of the water heater, flush the tank every time you check the pressure relief valve.

Step 1
Turn off the electricity to the water heater, or turn off the gas to extinguish the pilot light.

Step 2
Connect a garden hose to the tank’s drain valve. Locate the draining end of the hose in an area that won’t be adversely affected by the scalding hot water. Gradually open the drain valve, and run for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Step 3
Close the tank drain valve, and disconnect the hose from the valve. Open each hot water spigot until all air is removed from the system.

Step 4
Close each hot water spigot as water begins to flow from it. After all the spigots are closed, turn on the electricity to the water heater, or re-light the pilot light and reset the gas valve to the previous temperature setting.

Navien Certified Installer

Our technicians at Hellgate Plumbing are Navien Certified Installers that serve Missoula and the surrounding areas. What does this mean, and why is it important? The reasons are listed below:

  • We are an independent third-party installer that has performed particular training provided by Navien
  •  It is preferred by Navien to only have certified Navien installers come to your home to install any Navien product
  • By using a Navien certified installer, you are automatically included under Navien’s limited warranty
  •  If you purchased a Navien product online and/or had a licensed professional who isn’t certified, the limited warranty may not be applicable

Taco Water Sensor

Happy Wednesday everyone!

This week at Hellgate Plumbing, we installed a new product for a Bradford White natural gas water heater. It is a Taco water sensor with a battery back-up, which has the ability to shut off your water heater or your home water system when it detects water leaking on the floor. This can be a very cost effective product to help prevent your home from flooding!