We bought a pricey water heater with heat pump technology. The plumber who put it in said that he drains his water heater once a year, and that doing so will double the life of the unit. I'm for that!
There is a faucet at the bottom of the water heater. I'm assuming that I attach a hose to one end and put the other end in the toilet. Since the plumber didn't tell me how, this is the scenario I have come up with. Please tell me if I'm right:
(1) Turn off the water heater. Turn off the shut-off valve.
(2) Attach hose to faucet. Question: can I just stick the other end in the toilet, or do I have to start a siphon?
(3) Drain tank. Turn off faucet and disconnect hoses.
(4) Refill the water heater before turning on the power to keep from burning out the heating element. Question: To fill the tank, do I have to do anything besides turn on the shut-off valve?
(5) Once tank is full, turn on the heater.
If anyone knows how to do this, please enlighten me!! Tank you. (intentional typo, LOL)