Troubleshoot Your Water Heater Leak
Leakage from your water heater is typically the first sign of a bigger issue. If you’re experiencing occasional leaks from the top, bottom, or drain valve of your water heater, this is when your water system needs attention the most. Untreated water heaters may result in significant flooding, mold, mildew, property damage, and can spike up in costly repairs.
Here are a few causes as to why your water heater may be leaking, and what to do when you detect one.
Broken Drain Valve
Drain valves are located at the bottom of each water heater tank and drain the system of water so that it performs to the best of its ability. However, with this process, residue collects over time, gradually causing damage to the inside of your tank. If you find water leaking at the bottom of your water heater or from the nozzle, you either have a broken drain valve or it simply needs retightening.
If water is leaking from the nozzle of your drain valve, this is a simple solution and requires you to tighten the knob by hand. Over time, the nozzle may get rubbed against something, and loosen, causing water to drop through the knob. However, if the nozzle continues to drip even after you’ve tightened it, your valve is faulty and will need replacement. Call your local plumber right away and get the repair you need.
Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve
The Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve (T&R) is a device that releases pressure if there’s too much inside the tank or if water gets too hot. This discharge tube runs from the valve to the floor, ensuring that any water leaking from the valve goes directly downwards instead of up, preventing water from spraying outward and harming someone.
If there’s water at the bottom of the hot water tank, check the discharge tube for liquid. If you find liquid there, the problem is your T&R valve, and usually indicates that it’s either broken or has too much pressure. Call a plumber to get your T&P replaced or repaired.
Lastly, sometimes your leaking stems from an internal issue. In fact, most leaks occur within your hot water tank, causing water to leak out. This points to the build-up of sediments within your tank that happens over time. When sediments aren’t cleaned out by a professional plumber, issues like this occur.
What to Do Next
If you are experiencing leakage, whatever the case may be, you should immediately turn off your water and power to the water heater to prevent any further damage. Typically, water heaters have an emergency shutdown procedure, located on the system itself. However, if you aren’t able to locate it, here is what you should do:
To Turn off Power
Gas: Find the on/off dial, located on the lower side of the water heater, and turn the dial to OFF.
Electric: Go to the breaker and switch the breaker for the water heater to OFF at the main electrical panel.
To Turn off Water Supply
Locate the dial on the water supply inlet, which is found at the top of your water heater. Turn off the water supply, by turning the dial clockwise or closed position.
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How to Keep Your Water Heater in Good Condition
To ensure that your water heater stays in good condition, here are a few things you can do:
- Schedule routine maintenance on your drain valve to remove sediments that buildup over time.
- Purchase a water sensor alarm that notifies you of any leaks to prevent further damages.
- When experiencing leakage, call a plumber right away to avoid additional damages. ServiceMark offers same-day service, so don’t wait a minute more!