Winter is finally here! With many days still topping out in the 60s, it’s not too late to prep your home for when the cooler, even freezing, weather sets in. One appliance that often gets overlooked is your water heater. You use it every day, but don’t notice it until something goes wrong. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few tips that can make sure it keeps running strong all winter long.


Most water heaters are in your garage, or a closet in your garage, which means they can get much colder than inside your home. Granted, you’re not likely to have prolonged temperatures below freezing in your garage, but it’s still a good idea to make sure that the foam insulation on the water lines in and out of your water heater are secure. Freezing may cause the pipes to burst, but even cool pipes will cost you money to reheat every time you turn on the faucet. Any home improvement store sells the insulation, and it’s easy to install. If yours looks old or worn, it’s a good idea to replace it.


The thermostat on your water heater is deceptively important. There’s no reason to set it at a temperature that’s way hotter than what you need. Not only is it potentially dangerous, but it’s also a waste of energy and money. Check to make sure the thermostat isn’t above 120 degrees.


Securing all the connections on your hot water heater will increase safety and efficiency. A simple twist of a valve may be something you can do on your own, but there are some connection issues that require a pro. For example, if you have damaged hoses, smell gas, or have any electrical issues, you should definitely call a certified plumber like ours at City Plumbing. 


Similar to your HVAC, your water heater has a drain pan meant to catch the water that may leak from the appliance. Failure to catch a leak could lead to big problems. Cracks or erosion in the tank can lead to small leaks, which will only grow without maintenance. Regularly check the drain pan and make sure it is dry!


Flushing your water heater means draining the entire tank. This will get rid of any residue that may have built up inside. Too much build-up can have a negative impact on your water heater’s efficiency. Draining the tank can be as simple as attaching a garden hose to the front valve, and putting the other end in a gutter. Just shut off the heater and let the water drain out. You can also use a bucket to catch some of the water and look for any residue.


Your water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home, and City Plumbing can help you make sure it’s running strong. Make an appointment today by calling 432-366-2401, and we’ll give your heater a tune-up! We also install tankless water heaters! Give us a call and we’ll come running!