Exploring The Importance Of Air Conditioner Maintenance

Hello, my name is Darby Aldrich. I would like to talk to you about the importance of maintaining your air conditioning system. When I moved to a hot climate, I did not realize how vital having a running air conditioner was for living comfortably. When the unit just stopped working one day, the temperature inside the house rivaled the piping hot weather outdoors. We had to go to the community center to keep the kids from feeling sick. While we were gone, we had a local HVAC contractor fix the unit. She let us know that some simple maintenance tasks would prevent that situation in the future. I will use this site to closely explore those tasks in great detail. I hope you can use the information to keep your air conditioner running like new. Thanks.

How To Deal With A Clogged Water Heater Drain Valve When You're Trying To Flush The Tank


It's a good practice to drain your water heater tank periodically to get rid of sediment buildup. If you wait too long, your water heater might get noisy and make popping sounds. Flushing out a water heater should be a fairly easy process, but it's possible you'll turn the valve to release water and nothing happens. Here's how to deal with a clogged water heater valve.

The Valve Opening Can Fill With Sediment

The sediment that's collecting in the water heater and bouncing around will flow toward the drain valve once you open it and water starts to flow out. If your tank has a lot of sediment, the sediment can get stuck and not allow any water to flow through. You may even end up in a situation where you can't turn the valve on or off because it's stuck in one position.

The Valve Might Clear On Its Own

The pressure behind the sediment clog might cause the clog to break apart eventually. You might wait several minutes to see if the clog falls apart and water starts flowing freely from the valve. If that never happens, then you may need to take the clog apart yourself.

You Might Be Able To Break The Clog Manually

One way to get water moving is to insert a thin rod at the end of the valve and move the rod around carefully to break up the sediment. If there's a lot of sediment in the tank, you may have to insert the rod several times because the clog may keep forming as the water drains.

You May Need To Call A Plumber

If you can't get the clog to budge, or you've worked on the water heater for a long time and you're out of solutions, call a plumber. A plumber has the right tools and can clear out the sediment more effectively. Once the tank has stopped draining, the plumber may examine the valve and find the valve had a problem that contributed to the slow draining of the water.

When a water heater drain valve goes bad, your plumber can replace it. Once the tank has been flushed out and the valve has been replaced with a new one, you shouldn't have any trouble flushing the tank by yourself in the future. However, if your water has sediment in it or hard water scale, the sediment in your heater could build up fast.

If you don't want to drain the tank very often, then talk to your plumber about whether a water filter or softener would be advisable to cut down on the amount of sediment in your water heater. Contact a plumber for more information. 


11 November 2020