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Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

Discovering a leak in your water heater can be a concerning experience. Not only does it pose a risk to your property through potential water damage, but it also affects the efficiency and safety of your water heating system. Understanding the common reasons behind water heater leaks can help you address the issue promptly and prevent future occurrences.

Get Your Water Heater Back in Working Order

Common Causes of Water Heater Leaks

Age and Corrosion

Over time, your water heater can succumb to wear and tear. The inner tank is especially susceptible to corrosion caused by the continuous reaction between the water and the metal. This corrosion can eventually lead to small fissures or holes, resulting in leaks. Regular maintenance can help identify early signs of corrosion.

Loose Connections

Water heaters comprise several connections for water supply and distribution. If these connections are not tight enough, water can start to seep through, leading to leaks. Checking these connections periodically for tightness can prevent such issues.

Faulty Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve (T&P Valve)

The T&P valve is designed to release water if the pressure or temperature inside the tank gets too high, preventing the tank from exploding. If this valve is faulty or if it opens too frequently due to high pressure, it can cause leaks. It’s crucial to ensure that this valve operates correctly and that your system is not regularly exceeding safe pressure levels.

Worn Out Gaskets

Electric water heaters use heating elements that pass through gaskets (seals) into the tank. Over time, these gaskets can wear out and begin to leak. Inspecting and replacing worn gaskets is a simple yet effective way to address leaks in electric water heaters.

Preventive Measures and Maintenance

Regular maintenance is key to preventing leaks and extending the life of your water heater. This includes annual inspections by a professional to check for signs of wear, corrosion, and proper operation of the T&P valve and other components. Additionally, flushing the tank annually can help remove sediment buildup, which can contribute to corrosion and inefficiency.

When to Call a Professional

If you notice any signs of leaking, it’s important to address the issue promptly to avoid further damage. While some minor issues can be fixed by tightening connections or replacing gaskets, leaks due to corrosion or problems with the T&P valve typically require professional intervention.

Keep Your Water Heater in Top Shape

Don’t wait for a leak to think about your water heater’s health. Regular maintenance by Lazer Home Services ensures your water heater operates efficiently and safely. Contact us today to schedule your water heater maintenance and enjoy peace of mind knowing your system is in expert hands.