What do I do if my water heater is leaking?
If you notice your traditional water heater is leaking, it’s important to address the issue promptly. A small leak can quickly become a bigger problem, potentially causing water damage to your home and decreasing the efficiency of your water heater. First, try to identify where the leak is coming from. Common sources include the drain valve, the pressure relief valve, or the tank itself. If the leak is from the drain or pressure relief valve, it might be a simple fix. However, if the tank is leaking, it often means the inner tank has corroded or cracked and the entire unit will likely need to be replaced.
Before jumping to conclusions, it’s important to examine and rule out condensation or water leaking from adjacent pipes as the source of the water near your heater.
If the source of the leak is the drain valve, it could be due to it not being securely closed or the valve itself might be faulty. A leak from the pressure relief valve could indicate excessive pressure build-up inside the tank, which requires immediate professional attention.
Leaks originating from the tank itself are usually the most serious. Corrosion or cracks in the tank often mean it has reached the end of its useful life and may need to be replaced. An exception is if the leak is coming from the top of the tank, in which case it might be a loose pipe fitting or a faulty inlet valve, both of which are repairable.
Regardless of the source of the leak, turning off the power supply to the heater (the circuit breaker for electric heaters and the gas supply for gas heaters) is a safe initial response. You should also turn off the water supply to prevent further leakage.
Once you’ve identified the source and turned off the power and water supply, it’s time to call in the professionals. At Water Heater Doctor, we have extensive experience dealing with all kinds of water heater leaks. Our team will be able to assess the problem, recommend the most effective solution, and perform the necessary repairs or replacements.
Remember, regular maintenance and inspections can help detect potential problems before they turn into serious leaks. We offer comprehensive maintenance services to ensure your water heater remains in peak condition, offering you peace of mind and a steady supply of hot water.