I'm changing the gas valve in my hot water heater. Exactly as shown in this video.
The video is queued at the point where they drain the water from the hot water tank. My question is... why?
Note: The instructions from the manufacturer also call for draining the water from the tank first too. So the video makers aren't just making up this step for nothing, I presume.
Why does the hot water tank need to be drained of water in order to replace the GAS valve? And what bad things could happen if I replace the gas valve without draining the water out of the tank?Fig.1. Video maker points to hose connection point for draining tank
Edit: According to this video, it looks draining the water might be a safety precaution? As any hot water left in the tank could be a scalding risk? So it seems like if I'm certain the water in the tank is cold, I can skip draining the tank?