If your water heater is leaking you could have a big problem on your hands. Water heater leaks can lead to mold and water damage that, if not handled properly, can lead to a multitude of other issues, including a sick family. But, what to do besides replace it?
You may not need to run out and buy a brand new water heater just off the bat. Some leaks can be fixed if you find them in time. Keep reading for a quick reference guide for how to handle this situation.
Steps to Take if Your Water Heater is Leaking
Water heaters generally last anywhere from 8 to 12 years if you service them regularly. The lifespan also depends on the quality of the design and the quality of your water. But if something goes wrong, here’s where to start.
1. Shut the Water Off at The Source
The first thing to do when you find a leak in your water heater is to turn off the water. Do not move forward until you’ve taken this essential step.
2. Turn Off the Power Source to Your Water Heater
Electric water heaters and gas water heaters work a little differently. Either way, you’ll want to cut the power source to your water heater before you begin looking into the problem to avoid injury.
3. Find the Source of the Leak
Determining the source of the leak is the trickiest part. It could be a combination of issues so you’ll need to be thorough in your search.
You can also check the main water pressure on the outside of your house similarly to checking the pressure relief valve, with a pressure gauge.
Pressure Relief Valve
The pressure relief valve allows your water heater to release water as a safety measure. Check the thermostat and pressure.
Inlet and Outlet
The inlet and outlet are the pipes that connect your water heater to the water source. Check to be sure the connections are not loose.
Many times, a water heater leaking from the bottom is due to a crack in the bottom of the water heater. If this is the case, you will be due for a replacement.
Finally, check to be sure the drain valve is completely closed. It could be as simple as a worn washer if it’s closed but still leaking.
Water Heater Leak Repair Options
If your water heater is leaking you need to consider your repair options right away. A leaking water heater can lead to undeterminable water damage to your home that will inevitably cost you hundreds if not thousands more than repairing the water heater immediately.
We hope this post helps you determine the source of your problem before it starts but if you have questions about water heater leaks or you need a quick fix, don’t hesitate to contact us! We have over 20 years of combined experience with multiple technicians ready to serve your needs.