A leaking hot water heater can happen at any time, and when it does, the results can range from minor to extensive water damage depending on where it’s located. There are several common reasons that result in leaking.

Causes of Hot Water Heater Leaks

Like most appliances, it’s only a matter of time before one or more components fail. Whether the leak is at the top or bottom and due to age or by accident, it’s a problem you can’t ignore.

The most common reasons for leaking from the top:

  • There’s a problem with the cold water inlet valve
  • There is a leaking temperature and pressure relief valve
  • A pipe fitting is loose
  • A pipe fitting is corroded

There are also reasons a hot water heater leaks from the bottom, which may be from issues other than the integrity of the tank itself.

  • If the drain valve is compromised, it can result in the valve itself or the area around the valve leaking. Either way, it needs replacing
  • The pressure and the relief valve is another gadget to check. The valve is a safety feature used to relieve the pressure on the tank when water is too hot. The valve is usually atop the tank with a tube attached leading to the floor. Because of the tube, it may seem the tank is leaking from the bottom
  • The tank itself is leaking due to sediment build-up, which results in corrosion and/or rusting that opens holes allowing water to leak out

Hot Water Heater Lifespan

Hot water heaters generally have a lifespan of between 8 and 12 years. The main sign it needs replacing is when the bottom of the tank has been compromised and cannot be repaired.

Call the Water Heater Professionals

When your water tank springs a leak, you can rely on the expertise from certified technicians at David White Services, Inc. located in Athens. We strive to provide quality customer service and use only American made Bradford White gas and electric hot water tanks to fulfill your repair or replacement needs. For your convenience, our technicians are available for emergency services 24/7.

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