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What to Do If You See a Water Heater Leaking in Your Home

Drip, drip, drip. From the moment you notice your hot water heater leaking, the frustration begins to set in. After all, it’s going to be pretty tough to go without hot water for any length of time, right? The problem though, is deciding whether that leak represents a big problem that will require you to replace your hot water heater or whether you can get away with a quick fix. The answer depends a bit on where your water heater leak is located. Here are three fairly common causes of hot water leaks.

1. Hot Water Heater Leaking From the Bottom? It’s Probably the Drain Valve
At the very bottom of your hot water heater, you probably see an item that looks a bit like a spigot you might see on the outside of your house. That’s the drain valve. If the leak occurs anywhere around that drain valve, you’ve probably gotten the best news you can. You simply need to call a Tempe plumbing service to replace it. It’s a simple repair that will cost you very little, and in the long run, it will save you some hot water and energy.

2. Hot Water Heater Leaking From the Top? It Might Be the Water Inlet Valve
If you’re continually seeing a pool of water on top of the water heater, it might be the pipe coming in. The first thing you’ll want to do is turn it off. Often, there’s a valve that allows you to shut the water off to the hot water heater. Once you do, move the level to make it parallel with the hot water heater. That opens it. If the valve is dripping, you’ve found your problem. You can sometimes tighten the connection, but if that doesn’t work, you will certainly want to call a plumber.

3. Hot Water Heater Creating Pools of Water Under It? It Could Be The Tank
If you’re seeing pools of water under the water heater, you likely have a far bigger problem on your hands. In many cases, it’s the tank itself, and while you can’t always actively see the leak because it’s wrapped in insulation, if you’re getting quite a bit of water, a bad tank can usually be blamed. Unfortunately, this is not a quick fix. It requires the help of a good Tempe plumber quickly.

No matter where your hot water heater is leaking, we can help. Give us a call today to learn more.

One Comment

  1. In your article, you suggested that it’s the tank itself, and while you can’t always actively see the leak because it’s wrapped in insulation, if you’re getting quite a bit of water, a bad tank can usually be blamed. My wife called me at work this morning because there was no more hot water in our whole house. How much damage does their need to be before a plumber decides that the water heater needs to be replaced?

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