Cleaning and inspecting your water heater on a regular basis is important for maintaining its efficiency and prolonging its lifespan. Here are some steps you can take to clean and inspect your water heater:

  1. Turn off the power supply to the water heater. If you have an electric water heater, turn off the circuit breaker. If you have a gas water heater, turn off the gas supply.
  2. Turn off the water supply to the water heater.
  3. Drain the water heater by attaching a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and opening the valve. Be careful as the water will be hot.
  4. Once the tank is empty, close the drain valve and turn on the water supply. Let the water run for a few minutes to flush out any sediment that has accumulated in the tank.
  5. Inspect the tank for any signs of damage, such as leaks or cracks. Check the temperature and pressure relief valve to make sure it is functioning properly.
  6. Remove the access panel and inspect the heating element or burner. If there is any corrosion or buildup, clean it with a wire brush.
  7. Replace the access panel and turn on the power supply or gas supply.
  8. Finally, test the water heater to make sure it is working properly by turning on the hot water faucet and letting it run for a few minutes.

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