There’s really no good time for your water heater to act up, especially when it starts leaking. Leaky water heaters can cause damage to your belongings, your floors, and the overall structure of your home. You don’t want to let a small leak turn into a major problem, which is why we’ve compiled this post to help you figure out why your water heater is leaking and what to do about it.
Is it dangerous to have a leaking water heater?
While water heaters have been known to leak on occasion, it is important to locate the source of the leak and address it as quickly as possible. If left unfixed, leaky water heaters can become dangerous.
Leaking water heaters can potentially flood the room, which can cause damage to your home and possessions, as well as potential physical risks from slips and falls. If the water gets too close to electrical cords or plug-ins, there’s also a risk for fire, explosion, and other damage.
In rare cases, water heaters have also been known to explode if the pressure builds up due to broken or faulty pressure relief valves.
Why is my water heater leaking?
First, let’s take a look at some of the most common places your water heater is leaking from.
- The cold and hot water inlet/outlet connections. If this is the cause of your leak, it’s generally pretty easily fixed by just tightening the connection.
- The temperature and pressure relief valve. If the T/P valve is causing the leak, you’ll probably see water along the side of the tank. You may need to replace the valve or adjust the water pressure in your tank.
- The drain valve. If this is what’s causing the leak, try tightening or closing the valve completely. If that doesn’t work, you might have to get a new valve, but it’s still a pretty easy fix.
- The water tank itself. Sediment can build up in the bottom of the tank, eventually causing deterioration and a leak. This is the most common cause of water heater leaks and generally requires a replacement in many cases.
What to do if your water heater is leaking?
If your water heater is leaking, it’s not going to get better on its own. In fact, it could get even worse. So, here’s what you have to do.
- First, make sure the leak is actually from your water heater. There is a chance that water found near your water heater isn’t actually from the water heater itself. Condensation could be accumulating and dripping on the floor, other appliances (such as refrigerators and freezers) could be leaking, or it could even be a spill. To determine if the source is indeed your water heater, dry the area carefully and completely.
- Once you’ve determined that it’s for sure your water heater that’s leaking, you should turn off the power. Locate the on/off switch on gas water heaters or hit the fuse for electric water heaters.
- Next, turn off the water supply. Most water heaters have a valve located on top of the water heater that cuts off the water supply.
- Contact a plumbing professional, like Watters Plumbing. We can help you determine the cause of the problem and if you need a new water heater or if your current one can be repaired.
If your water heater is leaking or having other issues, don’t hesitate to call us.
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