Preventative Maintenance Intervals & Items For Residential Tank-Type Water Heaters

   August 2, 2022      Bradford White


  • Drain a gallon of water from the drain valve to prevent sediment buildup

Bi-annually (Every 6 Months)

  • Conduct visual check of main and pilot burner flames to determine proper operation (Gas)
  • Check the seal around heating elements for leaks (Electric) Annually
  • Check thermostat operation
  • Inspect for proper air flow and obstructions (Gas)
  • Inspect ventilation for blockage & leaking exhaust (Gas)
  • Maintain safe proximity to flammable liquids or gas
  • Remove inner door and remove the main burner assembly for cleaning and inspection (Gas)
    • Replace inner door when complete
  • Inspect T&P relief valve

Periodically (Approx. 2 Years)

  • Inspect anode rod and replace when necessary
    • Factors such as water quality and usage patterns will affect the consumption of the anode rod as well as time interval of inspection
    • Water softener may increase consumption of anode rod, and more frequent inspection may be needed.