[QUOTE]If it is not to late you can drain your hot water heater and remove the sludge. QUOTE]
That's not exactly true. You power flush the heater, not simply drain it. More about that later.
If when you try to drain the tank you cannot get any water or very little water to drain then you need to replace your hot water heater before you have serious problems.[/
Replace a working water heater? Goes against my principals to do that. If you can't get water out of the heater when you open the boiler drain it will take a bit more effort to clear it but replace the heater? NaH! Just click on back and I'll instruct you on flushing the dirt out of your heater.
Let me show you how to flush your water heater.
For long life and fewer troubles you should keep your heater clear of mineral build-up by FLUSHING NOT DRAINING
on a regular schedule. Attach a hose to the boiler drain at the bottom of the tank. With the pressure on
, open the boiler drain and let it run until the water runs clear. You will see a spurt of red,(rust) followed by white or yellow grains,(lime or calcium carbonate) and any soil that may be in there.. This shouldn't take more then a few minutes. Do this monthly to keep it clear. Now flush out your water lines on ALL fixtures that are affected . Now pull each aerator and clean the screens. Be sure you put them back together the same way you took them out. Don't forget to flush it out every month. Your heater will thank you for it. Hope this helps, Tom