Water heaters have a life expectancy of 10-15 years but there can be signs of leaking or technical break down can occur due to poor maintenance. Leaking is one of those problems which can ruin the efficiency and longevity of the water heater if left unattended for long. In this article, you would learn how to detect leaking and the preventive measurements to stop leaking.
The leak can be at the top or bottom of the tank, additionally, the pipes and the valves may also leak. Let’s see each condition in this article.
If you suspect leaking, please inspect the water heart from top to bottom and trace drops of water. Water abides by the universal law of gravity and that’s why it will drop right on the surface or the floor. If you notice water leaking from the tank, switch off the breaker immediately. Pull the power plugs and stop water heating heater. Try to locate the leaking and speak to an authorized professional for further help.
So the types and areas where you can check for leaking are:
Bottom of the tank
Leaking from the bottom is one of the common problems. Due to lack of care and maintenance, sediments accumulate at the bottom of the tank, which comes in contact with chemical components and turns into hard substances. This, in turn, causes rust and erosion of the base. If you notice leaking from the bottom, chances are you need a replacement.
Temperature and pressure valve relief leaking
The role of the T-P valve is crucial to balance the pressure and temperature. Leaking in the temperature and pressure valve is a serious problem. It is located on the side of the side that has a pipe going down to the floor. Temperature and pressure valve is a safety device which releases pressure when the temperature rises. Due to chemical reactions and/or age of the tank, the T-P valve can erode. Additionally, water leaking can also be the result of loose sealing of the valve. Avoid repairing the valve unless you are trained professional.
The drain valve is located at the bottom of the tank which has a special purpose. The drain valve is used when you release the water from the tank during cleaning or other work. Leaking from the drain valve can be the result of erosion and damage. Sometimes after using the drain valve is often not tightened properly which will cause temporary leaking unless noticed.
Water supply pipes
Water supply pipes which carry the cold water to the water heater can be damaged or cracked and cause loss of water. If you notice drops of water right before the heating unit, it can be due to leak in the supply pipes. Use the lever valve controls and the main valve to stop water supply and ask a plumber to replace the pipes.
Hot and cold water inlets
Damaged hot and cold water inlets at the top of the water heater is another common cause of water leaking. Leaking may also happen due to a loose fixture. It may look like a leak at the top f the water heater, therefore, further inspection is necessary to affirm. Remove the insulation and observe carefully to check if there’s a leak.
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