August 20, 2015

How to drain the tank on an electric water heater video

By Sears PartsDirect staff
PHOTO: Attach the garden hose the water heater heater drain valve.
PHOTO: Attach the garden hose the water heater heater drain valve.

Once a year, you should empty out all the water from your water heater. This helps prevent a buildup of mineral sediment in the bottom of your tank that could reduce the water heater's effectiveness and possibly damage the heating elements. This video from Sears PartsDirect shows how to safely drain your electric water heater tank to flush out sediment.

If you haven't drained your water heater's tank for several years or your water heater is over 3 years old and you've never drained its tank, we don't recommend draining the tank because sediment buildup likely will clog the tank drain—preventing water from flowing out of the tank.

For more water heater repair troubleshooting tips and repair guides, check out our Water Heater Repair page. Get replacement water heater parts at Sears PartsDirect.

Symptoms for electric water heaters

Main causes: excessive tank sediment, high voltage supply
Main causes: thermostats need adjustment, bad heating elements, faulty thermostats, tank sediment build-up, broken dip tube

Repair guides for electric water heaters

How to replace an electric water heater anode rod

If your hot water begins to smell like rotten eggs, replace the anode rod with a zinc-aluminum anode rod following the instructions in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace an electric water heater thermostat

If the water temperature fluctuates or you don't get enough hot water, follow these instructions to replace your water heater's thermostat.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace an electric water heater heating element

If your water heater runs out of hot water quickly and one of the two heating elements has failed, replace the element following these step-by-step instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less

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