Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

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  • Prodigy Plumbing
November 20, 2022

Your water heater is an essential appliance in your home. It provides hot water for showers, washing dishes, and doing laundry. So when it starts leaking, it can be a big problem.

But what could cause a leaking water heater? And how can you fix it? Let’s explore some of the most common possibilities.

Drain Valve Failure

A faulty drain valve is one of the most common reasons for a leaking water heater. The drain valve is located at the bottom of the water heater, and its purpose is to release water when the tank needs to be drained.

Over time, the drain valve can become corroded or damaged, which can cause it to leak. If you think the drain valve is the cause of the leak, you can try replacing it with a new one.

Hot Water Expansion Tank

Another possible reason for a leaking water heater is the hot water expansion tank. This tank is designed to hold excess water when the hot water in the tank expands.

However, if the expansion tank is damaged or old, it might not be able to hold the water properly, which can cause it to leak. In most cases, the expansion tank will need to be replaced.

Loose Connections

If the connections between your water heater and the pipes are loose, it can cause a leak. Over time, the connections can become loose due to corrosion or vibration. If you think this might be the problem, you’ll need to tighten the connections. Contact a professional plumber to schedule an appointment if you’re unsure how to do this.

Damaged Tank

If the water heater tank is made of steel, it can rust over time. This corrosion can cause the tank to leak. Cracks in the tank may also be the culprit. This can happen if the water heater is old or if it wasn’t installed properly. The only way to fix this problem is to replace the entire water heater.

Sediments in the Tank

Sediments build up over time in water heaters, causing the tank to rust and corrode. If there is a buildup of sediments in your tank, you’ll need to have them flushed out by a professional. But if they have already damaged your tank to the point that it’s leaking, you’ll have to replace it.

Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve

The temperature and pressure relief valve is designed to release pressure so that the water in the tank doesn’t get too hot. However, if this valve is old or damaged, it might not be able to release pressure properly, which can cause water to leak out of the valve. You’ll need to replace the valve if this is the problem.

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If you’re having problems with your water heater, contact the experts at Prodigy Plumbing. We have years of experience dealing with all water heaters and can quickly diagnose and fix the problem..

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