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What to Do When Your Hot Water Leaks

Posted by Ryan Forest

Is your hot water leaking? It can actually cause a much bigger issue than you may think. Once you start seeing signs of a leaking water heater, be sure to repair it right away! In order to prevent leaks, schedule a routine maintenance visit at least once a year.

How Do I Know if My Water Heater is Leaking?

First, what is a water heater? We use hot water every single day and a water heater is an energy source that heats the water above its normal temperature.

Your water heater should be replaced every 8 to 12 years, so if your water heater is getting up there in age, that could mean a leak is coming on.  

There are other signs of a possible water leak such as rusty water coming out from the hot side of the faucet, inconsistent hot water, or no hot water at all. Another sign could be puddles of water surrounding your water heater.

Whenever you notice any of these signs, it is important to call one of our plumbers in Phoenix, AZ to have your water heater inspected right away to prevent costly damage.

My Water Heater is Leaking, Now What?

Now that you have established your water heater is leaking, you will want to turn it off. If you are unable to shut it off, then turn off your home’s main water supply. This should be done prior to your plumber coming to inspect the issue.

The next step is to turn off the power supply. This will depend on the type of water heater you have. Do you have an electric water heater? You’ll want to turn the breaker off if so. Do you have a gas water heater? Always shut off the gas supply right away.

Once this is done, you will be able to inspect the leak more to see exactly where it is coming from. It could be that you just need to tighten the pipes connecting to your water heater with a wrench.

However, this may not always be the solution. The next place to look is the pressure relief valve. Sometimes when there is too much pressure building-up, the valve could release water, causing what appears to be a leak. All you have to do is lower the temperature of the water on the thermostat (keep at around 120 degrees Fahrenheit) and check the pressure gauge (this should not exceed 80 PSI). You can avoid this by making sure the water pressure isn’t too strong and by not setting the water temperature too high.

The worst case scenario would be if the water is sitting at the base of your water heater. This is usually a sign that your water heater unit is cracked and needs to be replaced entirely. 

Preventative Maintenance with Rainforest Plumbing and Air

We use hot water every single day in our lives from cleaning to sanitizing. This is why it is so crucial for our water heater to work properly. To ensure that there are no issues with your water heater, you should get into the habit of scheduling a preventative maintenance check at least once a year.

During a preventative maintenance check, our plumbers will check for the first sign of leaking water heaters and be able to repair them right away, before the issue worsens. They start with checking the unit, then the thermostat and pressure relief valves.

In addition to this, it is helpful for your water tank to be flushed out once a year. This will clean all of the sediment from the tank to ensure it is working efficiently and effectively.

With preventative maintenance from the plumbers at Rainforest Plumbing and Air, you will be able to know right away when your water heater needs repaired or replaced due to leaks.