We use hot water every day. Our water heater is behind the scenes working while we are washing dishes, bathing, or cooking. There are several parts that can wear out or break. This can result in a dripping or leaking water heater. Here a few tips and tricks you can do before calling out a licensed plumber.
Reader discretion advised! If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, just contact a licensed plumber.
If you do feel comfortable, the first thing to do is find your water heater and perform a visual inspection.
Start from the top (literally)! The supply lines connect the water heater to the household plumbing. Be careful because one of these lines is HOT! If you notice that the lines are wet or corroded, they are likely the cause of the leak.
Next it’s time to check the T&P Valve. What’s the T&P you ask? The T&P valve, short for Temperature and Pressure valve, is responsible for opening when the tank becomes too pressurized or too hot. Water is released until the tank’s pressure / temperature return to safe levels. The T&P is normally located on or near the top of your water heater. If the T&P is corroded, leaking, or continuously discharging,there is likely a problem with the T&P itself.
Finally, if you notice water dripping, collecting in the drain pan, or pooling on the floor there is something wrong. Your tank has cracked or ruptured and is in need of replacement.
These are the main causes of leaking water heaters. There are many DIY articles and videos available online. If you decide to perform these repairs proceed at your own risk!