Understanding Water Heater Systems
Mar 21, 2021
Is your hot water leaking? Please contact Just Water Heaters for a reliable and efficient solution. A minor leak may not require urgent solution, but it is important to fix it before it creates bigger problems. Though you may be able to handle minor water heater leakages yourself, the more complex problems will require the handling of a professional plumber.
Make sure you take all necessary safety precautions before embarking on these repair steps. Turn off the power of the water heater and avoid opening access panels when the power is on. Check the multimeter of an outlet before you check the electric hot water heater. If you have a gas water heater, simply turn the gas pilot control valve to “Pilot”.
For leaks happening around the Temperature and Pressure relief valves (T&P), make sure you check the temperature of the thermostat, then lower the temperature if it is too high. Just Water Heaters plumbers recommend that you set the thermostat at 120 °F which is the ideal temperature for comfort and safety.
Make sure the thermostat is tightly fit against the tank and replace the thermostat if it is not working. In some cases, the valve may be defective, but the tank must be drained just before the faulty valve is replaced.
Leakages from inlet connections and the bottom
In some cases, leakages may occur at the connection to the cold inlet water pipe or the hot water outlet pipe. Make sure you tighten the connection if it is a minor leak or contact Just Water Heaters if tightening does not resolve the leakages.
In case the leakage is at the bottom of the tank, this may be the right time to replace the hot water heater, especially if it is older than 10 years. Old age can cause corrosion inside the hot water tank, which in turn causes leaks, and depending on your device, you may need to contact a professional plumber for a much better and more efficient hot water heater.
Leakages in drain valve and heating element issues
The hot water drain valve can become faulty or there may be a buildup of debris inside. The first step you must take is to open the valve before you flush out any debris inside. You may have to replace the valve is this problem persists.
The gasket in the heating element may become leaky, but most hot water owners may find it difficult to identify this source of leakages. Keep in mind that this gasket is normally protected by an insulation panel and a and access panel but over time, the gasket will be less water-tight as wear and tear issues set in. You will have to replace the gasket if this is the reason there is a leakage in the hot water heater.
Though a DIY approach to leakages in hot water is encouraged, but a water heater tank is a sensitive appliance that requires professional handling, even for the smallest issues.