What To Do If Your Water Heater Starts Leaking
According to the EPA, about 10,000 gallons of water is wasted yearly in the average home. In fact, 10% of homes have water leaks that account for at least 90 gallons of water wasted every day! Wasted water means a lot of money thrown down the drain. If you’ve experienced increased water utility costs with no other apparent reason, you likely have a leak. While the most common water leaks occur with faucets or toilets, another likely culprit can be the water heater.
This could require the need for a water heater repair, but often a complete water heater replacement may be the best solution. Tank style water heaters older than 15 years tend to leak more frequently than newer models. Since tankless heaters don’t store water for heating, they don’t leak as often, but they do wear out, often leaking at the connectors or just due to age. If you suspect you need a water heater replacement or repair, call an expert plumber at Masters Heating & Cooling.
If you notice wetness near or around it, you definitely want to check it out sooner rather than later. Water damage can ruin floors, ceilings, drywall and the contents of your home. Protect your possessions by recognizing the signs and causes of water heater leaks. If you determine water is coming from the system, turn off the power source, whether electric or gas, and the water supply. Then call Masters Heating & Cooling to schedule a trained plumber for a water heater repair or water heater replacement.
Signs & Causes Of Water Leaks
Sounds of rushing water or dripping when standing next to the heater may indicate a leak. Follow the sound to its source to get a visual confirmation. If you can’t see a drip or running water, but the sound is coming from the heater, a broken part may have caused a leak inside the tank. If so, it’s definitely time for a replacement.
Sometimes leaks occur in older tank units due to rust formation. Old or new, leaks may also occur at the tubes that enter and exit the tank or at the drain valve at the bottom. Pinpointing the exact source of the leak and properly repairing it may prove difficult. Typically, you need the expertise of a plumber. Signs of water damage inside your home also indicate you probably have a leak problem that could be the water heater. If so, contact the pros at Masters Heating & Cooling. One of our expert plumbers will assess your situation. If needed, we’ll offer a water heater repair or replacement solution that meets your needs and budget.
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