Water heater leakage is caused by a variety of reasons. Whatever the reasons are, this predicament could cause damage to any amenities within your household and most importantly changes in your water bills. When there are such situations, of course, all we want to do is to diagnose our water heaters to prevent a greater damage to our home. Here are few steps to diagnose leaky water heaters.
Step 1. Confirm the source of leak
Leak in your water heaters is caused by normal condensation from pipes and water heaters. It usually occurs in winter months when the temperature of the water is cold. However, if you think that condensation is not the reason behind it, examine the valves, the heater and even the tank itself. If you are not sure where the leak is coming from, you can utilise paper towels and try wiping down all damp zones to see which part of your water heater system is leaking. Put in mind that water will always follow the rules of gravity, so as much as possible try to check first the top part and then all the way down.
Step 2. Turn off your water heater system
When solving problems pertinent to water and electricity, you have to remember that miserable things can happen. So what you have to do first is to turn off the heater system for safety purposes. Also, heaters that use gas as an energy source have also its own hazard as well.
For electric water heaters, if you suspect that there is any leak in it, make sure that you go directly to your breaker box and turn the switch for your heater. However, if it is not labelled, you can turn off the main breaker just to ensure safety.
For gas water heaters, you can also turn off the supply of the heater. You can do this by looking at the back or side portion of your water heater for the gas line until your reach to its supply valve. When you already locate it, turn the valve in a clockwise motion until it stops.
Step 3. Turn off the Water Supply
After shutting off the entire heater system, you can now turn off the water supply. The water supply for your heater should have its own shut-off valve that should be located near the cold water inlet pipe that is fixed to the tank. The valves can either be a gate valve or ball valve.
But if you are not sure that your water heater is the cause of the leak, then your water supply can help you in identifying where the problem really is. This is done by leaving your water supply on to locate the leak.
Step 4. Find where the leak is coming from
It is not really difficult to locate where the leak really is, but, what makes it really complex is that when the location of the leak is a blind spot. Since there are times that we don’t know where the leak comes from, here are the common areas where it is found:
Step 5. Repair or Replace your water heater
After locating where the leak is, you have to decide whether you want to repair it yourself, call a professional, or just simply replace your tank with a new one. For some people, even if it would cost them money, calling a professional would be the best choice most especially if the owner has doubts in fixing the water heater.