Water Heater Leaking: It's time for a Plumber

Figure out if the extra water you found on or under your water heater is cause for concern or if your equipment is just doing its job.

Water heaters have several valves that keep your tank from overheating and keep pressure from building up. A valve malfunction could lead to excess moisture on the top, bottom, or on the body of your water heater, signaling a flaw that needs the attention of a licensed technician.

The first step is to figure out where the leak is coming from so you can judge the seriousness of the leak. These pointers will help you decide whether or not it’s time to call the plumber.

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Find out Where the Water is Coming From

Wipe away any water and see if you can identify where the water is coming from. If your water heater is leaking from the bottom, note if it is coming directly from a valve or from somewhere on the body of the tank.  A valve leak that leads to pools of water in a short period of time likely means it’s time to get that part replaced. However, a leak coming from the surface of the tank could be caused by corrosion from deposits in the water.

Water found on or near the top of the water heater can usually be attributed to the pressure relief valve or the temperature valve not working properly, while condensation on the tank is the sign of a bad thermostat.

Always take extra precautions when searching for the source of a leak. The pressure valve will release water if the pressure in the tank gets too high. That means the water could be boiling! Always wear gloves and goggles before you start investigating the source of your leak.

Get Your Water Heater Leak Repaired

We are able to perform an inspection of your leaking hot water heater and make any repairs the same day. Please give Trusted Plumbing & Heating a call at 206-208-0007.

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