A leak is the most common problem you might encounter with your water heater. It’s an issue you’ll want to address immediately; it can waste a lot of water, make the appliance inefficient, and cause moisture damage in your home. Check the conditions of the following parts to locate the issue and determine if you need professional assistance.
Why Is Your Water Heater Leaking?
1. Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve
When there’s too much heat or pressure in the tank, this valve drains some of the water out. A leak will cause liquid to run down the sides of the tank from the valve, which is usually situated near the top and connected to the discharge pipe. A plumber can replace the component to stop the leak.
2. Water Inlet/Outlet Connections
These two connections — where the cold water enters the tank and the hot water leaves — are usually right next to each other. You can locate these connections by seeing where the pipes connect with the unit. They may loosen over time, which causes water to spill out.
Tighten the bolts at the end of these pipes with a wrench. If this doesn’t fix the issue, then the tubes may be damaged and need to be replaced.
If there’s a puddle underneath your heater, there may be a leak at the bottom of the tank. Check the sides to ensure the water’s not coming from somewhere else.
A leak through the bottom of the tank usually means that you need to replace the entire unit, especially if it’s reaching ten years of age. Over time, sediment builds up inside and will corrode the liner at the bottom.
The professionals at Amador Plumbing will diagnose your water heater leak and efficiently handle the appropriate repairs. If you need a new unit, they’re equipped to install it as well. They have been the premier choice for all repair, maintenance, and installation services in the Sutter Creek, CA, area for more than 20 years. See their full list of services online or call their 24-hour plumbing hotline at (209) 754-5444 to request an estimate.