What Causes a Water Heater to Leak?

Water Heater RepairWater heater’s are one of lifes greatest luxuries, simply because they bring us hot water for bathing, cooking, and cleaning. When was the last time you stepped into a cold shower and actually enjoyed it? And no, cold showers on a sweltering hot day do not count. If you’ve been experiencing cold or lukewarm warm or even lower water pressures lately, it could be related to a hot water leak, whic are relatively easy to fix! If possible, take a look around your water heater to see if you notice any leaks or standstill water before calling a professioal out to fix it. This will give them a better idea of what the issue is being caused by and allowing them to come more prepared.

Drain Valve – One of the most common causes of a leaking water heater is a loose drain valve. If this is the cause of the leak, the valve can easily be tightened with a wrench until it’s snug.

Too Much Pressure – A water heater will leak if there is too much pressure built up within the tank, pushing excess water out of the tank. This will happen if the temperature on the water heater is turned up too high.

Aging Tank – As water heaters start nearing the end of their lifespan, the tank will begin to rust and corrode, and when the corrosion gets too bad, the tank will begin to leak. This is a good sign to replace your water heater before it stops working all together, or worse – flood your home.

Condensation – Condensation on your water heater is very normal, but some homeowners will confuse it with a leak. If you notice condensation build up on your tank, simply take an old rag or a towel and wipe it down.

To make your service appointment for your furnace, water heater, or heating system, give MRW Mechanical a call today at (7810 639-9222.

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