What's worse than touching your water heater? Shelling out the cash to buy a new one. The best way to extend its life is to drain out its H20 once a year, Mills says. First, turn off the water heater, then look for the spigot at the bottom of the machine. Hook it up to a hose and run the hose outside (preferably to a storm drain, since pumping 100 gallons into your backyard could flood the area). Open up the valve, and give it about half an hour to drain out all the water. This clears out sediment trapped in the bottom of the tank, which can corrode over time. Mills says the best time to do this is at the start of summer, after the water heater's been running all winter. A calendar alert on the Summer Solstice (June 21) can help you remember.
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