A hot water heater is an essential appliance in any home, providing hot water for showers, cleaning, and cooking. However, sometimes a homeowner may notice water around the base of the heater, indicating a leak. There are several reasons why a hot water heater may leak, and understanding the cause is essential for resolving the issue.
One common cause of a leaky hot water heater is a faulty valve. The pressure release valve is designed to open when the pressure inside the tank becomes too high, releasing excess water. However, if the valve is faulty, it may not close properly, causing water to leak from the valve. Another possible cause is a broken or loose drain valve, which can cause water to leak from the bottom of the tank.
Another reason for a leaky hot water heater could be due to corrosion. Over time, the metal tank can corrode and develop small holes or cracks, allowing water to leak out. In this case, it may be necessary to replace the entire tank.
Other factors that can cause a hot water heater to leak include loose connections, damaged pipes, or excessive pressure inside the tank. In some cases, a leaky hot water heater may be the result of poor installation or maintenance.
If you notice water around your hot water heater, it is important to address the issue promptly to avoid further damage to your home. Turn off the power and water supply to the heater, and contact Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning to diagnose and repair the issue. By identifying and resolving the cause of the leak, you can ensure that your hot water heater continues to provide reliable hot water for your home.
Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning has been installing and repairing water heaters for customers in the Cobourg and surrounding areas since 2005. Get in touch by calling (289) 277-6616, ask us about our financing and rental options through SNAP and Vista!