Since we didn't really have much experience with hot water heaters we just called a repair guy to come out .... in the mean time our friend told us fixing a water heater was relatively easy and we could probably do it ourselves... ha ha. So Kenny called and canceled our appointment with Brighams Plumbing () and the guy told Kenny HOW to fix it! So when we got home late we decided to give it a try. The first step was to drain the unit... drip drip drip... nothing was coming out. Great. We pulled out the heating element and warm water gushed out at us. Kenny pulled and pulled at the element and it wouldn't come out. It was so rusted and bent it wouldn't come back through the hole!
|Heating elements : the left one is the burned up one, the middle one was probably still good and the right one is new|
The goal was to get as much of the sediment out of the unit as possible. We could replace the element, but the would just burn up without getting that gunk out of there. Kenny got out the power washer for the car wash... we forced water into the unit through the drainage port... and it worked! It released the clog and out came and TONS of sediment! We did this over and over for about 2 hours... We also used this ruler to scoop out the sediment
We cleared out about 90% of the sediment and added a few years of life to our unit! It was actually a really fun project!
We spent lots of time sweeping the water and sediment out of the garage... it ruined part of the paint and drywall around the unit and our drive way has a white 'stain' now, but it was worth it! We only spent $27 on parts rather than $500 on a new unit! Go team K!
|I took this picture the next day... see all the sediment that ended up in the gutter at the end of the drive way|