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  • Water heater with NO boiler drain??

    Acquaintance says his water heater has no drain spigot.

    Is this a new kind of water heater?
    Self cleaning so no need for a drain?

    When replacing, how does one drain the 40 or 50 gallons of water from the tank?
    Remove a drain plug and channel the water into a floor drain?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Robert Gift; 11-03-2013, 07:33 PM.
    I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
    It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
    "I swear, wherever Gift goes, argument follows." -Youtube comment

  • #2
    Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

    I have to see a picture before I believe it.

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    • #3
      Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

      Originally posted by rjniles View Post
      I have to see a picture before I believe it.
      Maybe someone removed the plasic boiler drain and used a plug.
      A friend says: "I've seen the plastic valves get weak and blow of[f] the side of the tank!"
      I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
      It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
      "I swear, wherever Gift goes, argument follows." -Youtube comment

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      • #4
        Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

        Here's a rheem from circa 1980:



        AO Smith had a few. No recent 40 gallon+ residential models have no drain. BUT, some crappy mobile home versions dont have one. Some side tap units don't as you're supposed to install a drain on the lower side pipe. Some smaller electric models don't.
        ~~

        ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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        • #5
          Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

          Originally posted by Robert Gift View Post
          When replacing, how does one drain the 40 or 50 gallons of water from the tank?
          Remove a drain plug and channel the water into a floor drain?
          Remove unit, tip over or drill hole. Usually when they fail they drain themselves.
          ~~

          ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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          • #6
            Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

            Originally posted by rjniles View Post
            I have to see a picture before I believe it.
            me 2
            I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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            • #7
              Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

              Originally posted by Plumber Punky View Post
              Remove unit, tip over or drill hole. Usually when they fail they drain themselves.
              I'd hate to tip a water heater weighing 330 or 420 lbs!
              (Discovered mother's water heater leaking hours before I was to fly to China.
              It had just started leaking - water was appearing from under the WH closet door.
              Turned off the water, drained it through a garden hose into the back yard, bought a new one at Home Depot and had it working before I had to leave for the airport.)
              I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
              It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
              "I swear, wherever Gift goes, argument follows." -Youtube comment

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                Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

                Wow, I just learned something new ! What a PITA Those must be !
                I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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                • #9
                  Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

                  Seen one in a condo and thought that was strange. It did not last very many years. Sounds like it was made for a mobile home.
                  Learned latter that the builder was extremely cheap. Even skipped paying bills. Then left the state. But they caught up to him.
                  Roots beware of the C snake with shark teeth.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

                    Originally posted by Robert Gift View Post
                    I'd hate to tip a water heater weighing 330 or 420 lbs!
                    (Discovered mother's water heater leaking hours before I was to fly to China.
                    It had just started leaking - water was appearing from under the WH closet door.
                    Turned off the water, drained it through a garden hose into the back yard, bought a new one at Home Depot and had it working before I had to leave for the airport.)
                    I would hesitate even in this instance buying a home depot water heater.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

                      Originally posted by Dhal22 View Post
                      I would hesitate even in this instance buying a home depot water heater.
                      Working perfectly since October 14, 2003!
                      I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
                      It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
                      "I swear, wherever Gift goes, argument follows." -Youtube comment

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                      • #12
                        Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

                        Your stock is high with MOM ,Bless Her
                        I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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                        • #13
                          Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

                          Originally posted by Robert Gift View Post
                          I'd hate to tip a water heater weighing 330 or 420 lbs!
                          (Discovered mother's water heater leaking hours before I was to fly to China.
                          It had just started leaking - water was appearing from under the WH closet door.
                          Turned off the water, drained it through a garden hose into the back yard, bought a new one at Home Depot and had it working before I had to leave for the airport.)
                          The tipping is the easy part. The moving is the hard part.
                          ~~

                          ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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                          • #14
                            Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

                            I don't believe it either. In over 26 years of doing this for a living I've never seen one without a drain. I doubt they exist. I've replaced every water heater made and have worked in three different states.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Water heater with NO boiler drain??

                              Many indirect water heaters have no drain

                              Fortunately they don't often fail... We still don't install ones we can't drain

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