Easy Water Heater Maintenance Steps

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Proper maintenance of a water heater is essential to ensure that it remains in good working order for as long as possible. At Rockwater Plumbing, we understand how frustrating it can be when your water heater does not work properly. If correctly maintained, your water heater may even last longer than its supposed lifespan, and you’ll be less likely to call us for water heater repair in Mansfield, TX.

Neglecting water heater maintenance will inevitably lead to sediment buildup in your tank. In some cases, your system has reached its full lifespan and requires water heater replacement.

Flush Sediment Buildup

Sediment buildup will reduce energy efficiency and potentially clog water lines, and even a tankless water heater can be susceptible to this. Flush your water heater every 6 months. If your tank has not been maintained, it may require more time to flush thoroughly. Before starting the flushing process, it is essential to turn off the power supply for electric water heaters by turning off the circuit breaker in your home’s service panel or turning off the pilot knob on your gas heater.

This particular water heater maintenance task is best done by a professional to ensure efficiency and for the safety of everyone around.


This should be done during the water heater installation. If the pipe is six inches or less from the flue, cover it with 1-inch-thick unfaced fiberglass pipe wrap. By insulating your hot and cold-water pipes with some foam pipe insulation that matches the pipes’ diameter, you can help prevent condensation, helping the water heater unit to perform more optimally and remain functional for longer.

To insulate the water heater itself, cut the insulating blanket to fit around pipes, temperature control, and TPR valve. Then, wrap the side of the tank and seal the exposed areas with foil tape. Remember to never cover the tops of oil or gas heaters. For electric heaters, you can add insulation to cover the top of the heater and secure it with foil tape.

Implementing a simple water heater maintenance plan can go a long way. Let Rockwater Plumbing help. Contact us today for professional water heater services.

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