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How do I replace a Drain Valve in an Electric Water Heater?

Follow these steps to fix your issue:

  1. Shut off the electricity

    The two house circuit breakers are dedicated to the water heating system. You should wear gloves to protect your hands.

  2. Drain the water heater

    The water supply should be turned off. Attach a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the unit and then run it outside. You can open a hot water faucet in the house or flip the relief valve on the water heater. To empty the tank, open the drain valve.

  3. Remove the drain valve

    The garden hose can be removed from the drain valve. The drain valve is in the tank.

  4. Install the new drain valve

    Wrap the drain valve with thread-sealing tape. Remove the old drain valve and tighten it. Before you install the new drain valve, make sure the opening is clean.

  5. Fill the tank with water

    If you see water coming out of the hot water faucet, turn off the hot water faucet. If you left the hot water faucet open when draining the tank, the water will begin to flow from it once the water heater is full. Do not restore power until the water tank is full.

  6. Restore power

    The circuit breakers should be flipped to ON.

Time required:

30 minutes.

You would need the following tools:

channel lock pliers, work gloves.

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