White Particles are showing up in all the hotwater lines that have filters (shower, washine machine, etc.) Gas Water heater is over 6 yrs old and has never been drained. I am thinking of drain it but I am am wondering if this is the cause and will draining solve the problem?
By draining the cylinder at least annually you will increase it’s working life but better still you will keep your gas bills under control. If the cylinder is not drained then the sediment as well as particals of lime or calcium deposits will attach to the base of the internal cylinder and create a thin form of insulation that effects the heat transfer to the water from the heat of the gas being burnt.
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If these white particles appear tobe plastic they could be parts from the plastic dip tube in the water heater. If you run short of hot water sooner then you use to, you will know that it is time for a new dip tube.