How To Fix A Clogged Water Heater

clogged water heater

Have you ever filled a glass with tap water and let it sit on the kitchen counter for a few days or weeks? If you have, chances are you will see some sediment on the bottom of the glass. Now imagine what’s happening inside your water heater. It’s holding roughly 50 gallons of water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; so it’s not surprising that sediment settling to the bottom and potentially clogging a water heater is a problem.


The scenario we just laid out is why Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric wants to make sure the water heater in your Lubbock, Texas home is being drained and flushed on a regular (at least once a year) basis as part of plumbing maintenance. If this isn’t being performed faithfully you can end with hot water issues like:

  • Waiting a long time for hot water to arrive.
  • Running out of hot water before you should (or before your shower ends).
  • Not having any hot water at all.


Flushing a clogged water heater doesn’t always require the skills of a licensed plumber, but it’s often the best choice. Armstrong isn’t saying this to discourage do-it-yourselfers, but there are some safety concerns. Flushing the water heater is not technically difficult but it does require working safely with:

  • Scalding hot water
  • In the case of electric models working with 220-volt electrical circuits
  • Working with flammable natural gas or propane

Making a mistake in those situations can lead to injuries and lead to safety concerns in your Lubbock, Texas household.


Having a trained plumber clear a clogged water heater can also help identify any additional problems like leaks or dangerous corrosion. If you haven’t had your water heater drained and flushed as part of regular plumbing maintenance, call Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric now to make your appointment. Providing top notch home comfort services is what Armstrong has been doing since 1934. To learn more about what we offer be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.