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Replace Your Water Heater's Drain Valve
More Thorough Sediment Removal
Heating water accounts for about 20 percent of the typical
family's utility bill. As sediment builds up in water heaters, it takes more
energy to heat the water. In fact, initial studies have shown that it can
take as much as 31% longer to heat water in a tank with several inches of
The rapid unnecessary replacement of U.S. water heaters ultimately harms the
environment. When sediment deteriorates the lining, the water heater leaks and
is scrapped. If water heaters taken out-of-service each year were laid
end-to-end, they would extend from New York to California and back and then to
While several inches of sediment may sound overblown, it
is common in some areas...
water districts inject lime into their water supply to reduce the effects of
lead content in pipes, solder and flux installed prior to the Safe Drinking
Water Act Amendments of 1986. This lime, coupled with minerals native to an
area, can accumulate in the water heater. Depending on
local water conditions, some water heaters can collect up to one to two
inches of sediment a month!
Sediment reduces water heater efficiency...
removal increases its working life!
Once sediment is removed, the first-hour rating (the amount of
hot water that a water heater can supply in one hour when the unit is new) is
improved and the capacity of the tank is returned to its intended amount. Gas
models are more efficient than electric models, but tend to be noisier when
sediment builds up. The popping and banging occurs when water becomes trapped
behind sediment and converts to steam when heated. The bothersome noise is
eliminated when sediment is removed.
Sediment is also detrimental to the life of a water heater. Over 9 million
water heaters are sold in the US. Eighty percent, or 7.2 million, of those
water heaters are for replacement of failed units and the majority of units
fail due to sediment buildup.
To replace a water heater is costly and, very often, additional modifications
must be made to comply with improved building codes. Many consumers are
ill-prepared financially for the expense of a new unit and repairs from the
usual resulting water damage. Using Freedom Flow can reduce monthly and
Most consumers have no knowledge of how to easily remove this sediment and
improve their water heater's energy efficiency. They are fearful for two
reasons: water in their home and a power source. There is a simple,
economical solution though.
You can improve your water heater with a replacement
Freedom Flow Sediment Flush Valve is a
replacement valve for water heaters that easily
and effortlessly removes sediment. The drain valves presently installed on
water heaters actually impede sediment removal with their small, often angled
openings. Unlike Freedom Flow, they are designed to drain the tanks of water.
Freedom Flow is designed and manufactured specifically to get rid of sediment
AND reduce energy costs. The simple installation takes just minutes--the
present drain valve is replaced exactly as another drain valve would be and
the tank doesn't need to be drained completely to install or operate it.
Consumers can now view sediment removal as a simple, energy-saving home
maintenance item--like changing the filter in your furnace.
Read NH's full article on
water heater flushing HERE.
Water heater manufacturers have been reluctant to change their drain valves
to this improved design--the volume of water heaters sold for replacement and
cost were the two reasons cited. One major manufacturer offers the valve for
sale in its catalog for much more. Another major manufacturer puts the exact
same valve on its top-of-the-line models. Other companies try to duplicate it
with various parts put together--you don't know the quality of those parts
and they could easily fail and leak. Made of forged brass, Freedom Flow
features 2 virgin Teflon seats, three viton rings in the stem and is
bottom-loaded to eliminate leakage. It is the easiest and most efficient way
to get rid of the sediment in your water heater; keep the sediment out on a
regular basis AND save you money!
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