It is a well-known fact that water heaters will break after a few years of use. Fortunately, replacement is not always an immediate resolution and repair of problems is possible for a while. The first sign of water heater wear is water heater leaks. This article will point out some top tips on how to fix water heater leaking.
- Conduct An Assessment
The first step on how to fix water heater leaks is to assess whether or not the leak can be repaired. In some instances, it may not be able to repair a leak, and a water heater replacement is necessary. The majority of these cases include situations where the heater is lined with glass.
To assess the leak, you will first need to determine the origin of the leak. If it is not originating from the tank, then it may be coming from the fittings or the piping connected to the tank. In this situation, the leak can be repaired.
The next step is to check the pressure valve on the unit. In some cases, the leaks may stem from the pressure valve and this cannot be repaired but must be replaced. When examining the tank, you will notice a small fitting attached to the side of the tank. On the fitting, there is a small handle utilized to control the pressure in the tank. This fitting is known as the pressure valve. You may also need to inspect the element. You need to replace the heater element.
- Repair The Leak
If you assess that the water leak can be repaired, it is necessary to switch off the power or gas before beginning work. You must also turn off the water to ensure that no water will enter or exit the unit. This can be done by closing the in-line valves located beside or above the water heater.
Once all the valves have been closed, locate the sillcock valve and attach a hose to the fitting. The sillcock valve is located at the bottom of the tank. Once the hose is attached, open the valve and empty the tank.
Dependent on the leak, you can reseal or tighten the fittings or piping. The necessary tools, such as a pipe wrench, can be used. Once completed, assemble the parts according to their original form.