A leaking water heater is cause for concern, but it does not have to be cause for alarm. Don’t automatically assume you will have to replace the water heater just because of a leak. While it does need to be fixed quickly, depending on where the leak is coming from, it could be a minor repair. Here are some key things to do before calling a professional (or running out to buy a new water heater).
Find the leak
- A common location for leaks is the spigot at the bottom of the tank that drains the water heater’s sediment. This is called the drain valve. Replacing a faulty drain valve is an inexpensive repair, but it does require a professional to do the job.
- If the leak is coming from the tank, however, you will need to replace the water heater. A leak from the tank indicates that the minerals in the water (sediment) have built-up in the bottom of the tank and corroded the inner lining.
Minimize the leak to prevent further water damage.
- Turn off the power to the water heater. If the water heater is electric, locate the breaker that controls power to the water heater and flip the switch to off. If the water heater is gas, find the on/off control and switch it to “off.”
- Turn off the cold water supply. The water heater may be hot, so use caution when reaching for the control. The water heater may have a lever or a dial to turn the water supply on and off. Pull the lever to the off position, or turn the dial clockwise to turn the water off.
Schedule an appointment with ABE Heating & Cooling
If your water heater has sprung a leak, prevent excessive damage by following the steps above and calling ABE Heating and Cooling as soon as possible. The professionals at ABE Heating and Cooling can confirm the cause of the leak, and either perform the repair or help you find the best replacement.