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Is Your Water Heater Leaking? Here’s What To Do About It.

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It’s not just a nuisance to be taken lightly. It can quickly elevate to a plumbing emergency, but it can also quietly cause damage in areas that you cannot see. Even a small amount of water can cause damage to floors, walls and subfloors. Therefore, it’s crucial to quickly find out where the leak is coming from and determine if the leak can be fixed with a simple repair or if you’ll require a new water heater installation.

Is Your Water Heater Leaking? Here’s What To Do

Turn off the Power

The first thing to do when you discover a leak is to turn off the power leading to the water heater. If you have an electric water heater, find the breaker panel and cut the power to your unit. If you have a gas water heater, switch its thermostat to OFF to shut off the gas.

Turn off the Water

Power off? Next, shut off the water by finding the cold water line that leads to your water heater. You should see a valve on the line; simply turn it all the way to the right until it closes. This is the best way to prevent any more water damage to your home.

Call Brown’s Plumbing Right Away

Once the power and water supply is off, it’s time for a professional plumber to assess the situation. It’s best if you can let the technicians know where the leak is coming from so they know whether to expect a repair job or if they’ll need to install a new water heater.

Not sure where the water heater is leaking from? Let’s take a look around your tank.

Reasons Your Water Heater Might Be Leaking

Even if you don’t see water around your tank, if you’re experiencing low water pressure, discolored hot water or a cold shower, you might have a water heater leak. Not sure if you have a leak or where it’s coming from? Here are some of the most common causes your water heater might be leaking.

Water Heater Leaking from the Top

A water heater leaking from the top is actually the best-case scenario. In this case, if caught in time, the issue can usually be repaired without further damage done to surrounding areas in the home. Since water lines are usually located at the top of the water heater, it could be as simple as tightening the connections. If that doesn’t work, the problem may need to be addressed by repairing or replacing the valve or piping.

Overall, it’s usually a quick and painless fix. Not a major cause for concern.

Water Heater Leaking from the Bottom

Depending on where the lead is originating from, a leak from the bottom could be due to the drain valve attached to the bottom of your tank which can indicate a faulty valve. This inexpensive replacement is an easy fix.

However, if the leak is coming from the bottom of the actual tank, you could be looking at a complete replacement. The only way to safely and accurately determine the root cause and most efficient fix is to contact your local plumbing professional.

Water Heater Leaking from the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve

Usually found along the side of a water heater, the temperature and pressure relief valve is a safety feature that allows for a release of high heat and pressure. If the temperature is set too high, this can be a common occurrence…and a simple fix. This particular valve may leak due to mineral build-up and an aging unit.

Repairing or Replacing a Water Heater

Water heaters should last between ten to twelve years if they are well maintained. Even so, there’s always the chance of a leak. Depending on the type of water heater leak you have, you will either need to repair it or replace it. In either case, it’s critical to work with a professional plumber to help you determine the best course of action.

At Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, we offer dependable emergency plumbing services for residential and commercial throughout Monmouth and Ocean County, NJ and surrounding areas. We’re here to help any day, night 24/7! Call 732-741-0694.

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