Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

Homeowner in a blue cap wondering why his water heater is leaking.

A water heater leaking can become a huge problem for homeowners. Any amount of water leaking may cause damage to your home’s floors and walls. If it’s a big leak, it can cause a flood, which may result in expensive repair bills.

If your water heater is leaking, it’s probably one of these components.

  • Cold water inlet valve failure. If you find a pool of water on top of your water heater it’s often an indication that there’s a leak on either the water inlet or outlet pipe.
  • Corroded pipes. Look at the water inlet and outlets on top and see if there’s any water leaking from where the pipes meet the tank.
  • Temperature and pressure relief valve failure. The temperature and pressure relief valve (T&P valve) is either located on the side of the tank or on the top. Look for this valve and see if water is coming from this area.
  • Drain valve failure. If there is a pool of water near the bottom of the tank, the drain valve may be leaking.
  • Internal tank failure. When the water heater is not drained regularly, it can cause the internal tank to fail due to a build-up of sediment within the tank.
  • Condensation. There might be condensation on the exterior of your water heater, and this is normal.

If you are able to identify the problem, be sure to cut the water off to the water heater, and then turn off the power supply at the circuit breaker. If you have a gas tank, turn off the gas. Once you’re done with these steps, contact a plumbing expert to come out and assess the issues.

Turn to the experts.

A water heater leak can be a sign of a serious issue, so turn to the experts at Mr. Plumber. When you invite one of our licensed plumbers into your home, you can expect quality workmanship and satisfaction guaranteed. Contact Mr. Plumber today or schedule an appointment online!

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2019-05-10T18:42:53+00:00 May 10th, 2019|Help & Tips, Homeowner Tips, Plumbing|