Flushing Your Water Heater, Phoenix Home Inspection tip of the month

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Do you Flush Your Water Heater

The water in the Phoenix area is very hard, therefore it is a good idea to flush your water heater on a regular basis to remove scale and debris from inside the tank.
Here is a short video provided by your home inspector to help you perform this task.
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This should help extend the life of you water heater but if it has not been done on a regular basis (at least once a year) I don’t recommend it as the debris that breaks loose could cause other issues.
There is no way to determine what the interior condition of the tank is.

If your unit is only a year or two old, flushing it should not be an issue.

If you don’t know how old your water heater is you can look on the label at the serial number (somewhere in first 4 digits)  or some even have a date stamped right on them.
If it is a Bradford White Water heater then you will need to use a code to determine the date.

Year of Manufacture (1st Letter of Serial Number)
A = 1964 – 1984 – 2004
B = 1965 – 1985 – 2005
C = 1966 – 1986 – 2006
D = 1967 – 1987 – 2007
E = 1968 – 1988 – 2008
F = 1969 – 1989 – 2009
G = 1970 – 1990 – 2010
H = 1971 – 1991 – 2011
J = 1972 – 1992 – 2012
K = 1973 – 1993 – 2013
L = 1974 – 1994 – 2014
M = 1975 – 1995 – 2015
N = 1976 – 1996 – 2016
P = 1977 – 1997 – 2017
S = 1978 – 1998 – 2018
T = 1979 – 1999 – 2019
W = 1980 – 2000 – 2020
X = 1981 – 2001 – 2021
Y = 1982 – 2002 – 2022
Z = 1983 – 2003 – 2023

Due to a computer error, some water heaters were manufactured with a serial number that begins OA. These are from January 1997.

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