Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?
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A leaky water heater could point to issues like loosely connected water inlets and outlets, a faulty temperature and pressure relief valve, a partially open heater drain valve, or a corroded water tank. While you may be able to diagnose the problem on your own, repairing or replacing your water heater usually requires a technician.
What Should I Do if My Water Heater is Leaking?
The first thing to do is turn off the water supply and power supply to prevent water damage (and keep your water bill from climbing higher). Then, see if you can identify the reason for the leak yourself.
Can’t tell where the problem begins? It’s best not to mess around with parts of a system if you’re not familiar with what to watch for and how to proceed. While it might just be a simple repair, the issue could require a water heater replacement, and that’s where an expert can help.
If you suspect an inlet or outlet could be causing the leak, you might want to tackle that fix on your own.
How Do I Fix a Loosely Connected Inlet or Outlet?
Your system’s inlet and outlet may be at the root of your problem. In this case, you might be able to fix the leak simply by tightening the inlet or outlet with a wrench.
After you turn off water and power, you can try to tighten the inlet or outlet. If the problem persists, then go ahead and contact a technician.
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