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Pulled the trigger on a HPWH

Post in 'The Green Room' started by 343amc, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. charly

    charly Guest

    Says on page 12 in the owners manual under flushing the tank,, every month.. We are talking quarts not draining the entire tank..

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  2. Slow1

    Slow1 Minister of Fire

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    Hmm... if I had that plan I think I'd find a way to hook up a permanent hose/pipe to that drain so it could be done in minutes. My old electric tank had a drain that I would hook a hose up to and run it out the back door (walkout basement), but I only did it every couple years. Takes longer to find the hose, get it hooked up, then pull it out (without making a mess on the floor) etc than let a few quarts of water out.
  3. begreen

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    Like I said, that would be a deal breaker for me. Maybe that is to get out of warranty claims? I checked the Sears manual for their next hwhp model above the Geospring and there was no mention of monthly draining for maintenance.

    Do they have a decent valve on the bottom of the Geospring? Most HW heater valves are cheap plastic crap that drip after you use them once or twice.
  4. charly

    charly Guest

    Valve petcock on my Geo has a straight blade slot to open and shut the drain.. Easy to use.. My Geo sits on some termite blocks in my 1740 laid up foundation wall basement. Plenty of room to attach a garden hose to exit the water to my gray water clean out trap.. I always attach a brass cap on all of my waste valves.. Doesn't matter if they drip.
  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Our HW is in a crawlspace utility pit. It's lower than all the drains including the septic cleanout. That means a long hose to outdoors until it gets below tank level. Draining is not a simple chore.
  6. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

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    I think I would want my water heater to be easy to drain whether it was a HPWH or not, required regular periodic draining or not.

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