Reasons Why Your Water Heater Won’t Drain

It is recommended that you flush your hot water heater on an annual basis. This helps to get rid of debris, minerals and build up that can affect the performance of the hot water tank and impact its life span. In order to flush a hot water heater, you must first drain it. However, in some cases, the tank won’t drain. Here are the two main reasons this happens.

The Drain Valve is Defective

One of the reasons why your water heater won’t drain is because the drain valve is defective. If the drain valve is defective, you may be unable to turn the valve or water may not come out when you turn it. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent this problem from occurring.

The Drain is Clogged

The second and more common reason why your hot water heater may not drain is that the drain is clogged with debris, sediment and build up. Typically, this occurs if you have not been draining your hot water heater often enough. In order to solve this problem, the valve may need to be removed to remove all of the debris clogging the drain. Once it is all removed, water should drain from the tank properly in the future.

If you have a hot water heater that will not drain in the greater Cocoa Beach, Florida area, Accurate Plumbing Solutions can help you. Our plumbers can take a look at the valve and tank and determine what the problem is. From there, they can repair it, drain your tank and flush it, ensuring your tank is ready to be refilled again. Call us today to schedule your appointment.


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