How To Repair A Spigot Of Water Heater Fluid

Put it on the stove when it’s cold. And take all the water back in when it’s hot.

Water heater oil is one of the most common household cleaning and maintenance materials. But there’s a good reason for it, says Desrosiers. If he could go to a time machine and bring with him his college years, Desrosiers said he would have learned all he knows about water heater oil, including the value of letting water heat for hours before taking it back into the pot.

The oil you’ll find in our cookware, including pots and skillets, is made of polyester. In short, polyester is made of cotton and has a longer shelf life than cotton and polyester blend. But you may have seen that cotton can wick up water, which creates the problem we’re talking about.

I know what you’re thinking. Wouldn’t this problem come up if you put the same amount of polyester blend in a pot? You’d have the same situation. Polyester is better than polyester blend. In any case, it’s not too hard to reduce water soaking if you use a little elbow grease to warm the oil properly and remove the water. In fact, I often let the water soak until it fills the bottom of my pots. You don’t need the stove to heat up, though.

Water heater oil cleaning is a two-step system with a few basic steps that works in any cooking environment. 

1) Drain the oil off your pot by filling it about half with cold water to just below the water line.  

2) Fill it back to the top with hot water, and continue cooking as usual.  

3) Rinse the cookware in cool, soapy water, or use a cloth towel. Then remove the pot and dry the inside surface with a clean rag or cloth.

If you do this, and the oil stays in the pot it must be because the pot’s bottom, at the lowest point, was more tightly sealed off, a major problem that will be more obvious as you clean your cooking equipment. So you can’t be sure that water is running off the pot’s bottom. But if you’re washing, you can be sure.

And if water isn’t soaking in the bottom you’ll still need to take the pot down from the stove again to drain the oil or to dry out the inside with a cleaner . You won’t be losing as much cooking oil, but you can’t be sure that you’re not losing more. So, be prepared for that.

Water heater heaters, whether on their own or under the counter, usually have a plastic cover that helps keep water from dripping into your pots and pans. As you clean the oil you’ll have to remove the heaters’ cover, which looks like a metal plate that has a large hole in it, and that’s where the problem really starts to show.

You will need to gently use a wooden spoon or something else with two round handles, and slowly take the plate off the heaters after the oil is drained. If the metal cover won’t come off with a gentle touch, be prepared to lift your cooker cover and scrape the oil-drying surface off the bottom surface.

Wrap the metal plate around a sturdy hammer. Remove the cover, then use a cloth to wipe down the bottom of your pots before putting them back over the stove.

If you can’t afford a metal heating cover, then the solution that works best for me is to fill up the pots and skillets with some water before adding the oil, and again remove the oil cover on the stove, taking care not to burn yourself. Once the water fills the pots up, the oil cover is easy to remove and the oil will drain away.

To get a full cleaning you can use a few different ways to remove the water, depending on what type and amount of cooking apparatus you have.