Cleaning sediment from an electric GE 50 gallon water heater

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  • #20736
    ac
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    Hi,

    I would like know what I need to flush out a electric water heater. The anode in the tank has been replaced 3 times and there is sediment from the used anodes. The water in the tank is softened. The water heater is about 5 years old.

    Yesterday I ordered your power anode sku 27. I installed the same sku 27 on a different heater a year ago. It works great.

    My question is how do I clean out the tank without installing parts onto the heater. I was wondering if you sell a wand that attaches to a garden hose to flush out the tank via the bottom element?

    I search your website with no information on this mater. Your kits seem to be a permanent install which is ok but in my case not needed. I would prefer not a permanent install solution.

    #20738
    Randy Schuyler
    Keymaster

    First, thank you for your comments in the static post. I hadn’t thought of that, and neither had my friends at the manufacturer.

    You could take out the lower electric element and run a hose into it and try to flush that way. You’ll probably want to replace the drain valve with a ball valve or something, but if it’s in a place where it doesn’t matter if you make a big mess, you could just remove it altogether. Probably best, still, to replace it, as you might not be able to put back the factory valve afterward.

    Randy Schuyler

    #20749
    Larry Weingarten
    Participant

    Hello: If you have a wet/dry shop vac, you can use a piece of 3/4″ copper pipe with a 45 fitting towards the end. It should be about three feet long, with one end attached to the vac hose. This and a little time works to vacuum sediment from an electric tank if you go in through the lower element port. 😎

    Yours, Larry

    #20772
    ac
    Participant

    Thanks Larry. I made a contraption with clear tubing and pvc pipe to attach to a shop vac.

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