A leaking water heater is a headache for any responsible homeowner. It not only increases your water bills but can also cause serious water damage to your home. If you’re dealing with this issue, you probably want to figure out what’s going on ASAP! That’s where we come in. Today, let our experienced team at Grove City Plumbing & Drain help you find out why your water heater is leaking. 

Before getting into it: Just a quick reminder—your safety comes first! Always make sure to power off the unit before beginning any troubleshooting! 

Have You Checked for Loose Cold or Hot Water Inlet and Outlet Connections? 

One of the most common reasons for a water heater leak is loose connections at the hot or cold water inlet and outlet pipes. These connections can loosen over time due to regular wear and tear. As a result, water might start leaking, showing up as a small puddle around the heater’s base or even dripping from the pipes. 

To investigate this issue, check the connections around your water heater. If you see water, it could just be some loose connections. A quick twist with a wrench might fix it, but be careful not to overtighten, as that could make things worse. 

Have You Checked for Defective Pressure Relief Valve? 

Another possible reason for the water heater leak could be a faulty pressure relief valve. This valve’s job is to release excess pressure from the tank. But if it doesn’t do its job right, it can result in water leaking out. 

To figure out if this valve is the issue, lift the lever a bit. If water comes out, the valve is working. If it keeps leaking after you let go, you’ll probably need to replace it. 

Have You Checked for Temperamental Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve?   

Just like other valves, the temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve can potentially leak. Its job is to regulate the water heater’s temperature and pressure, but if it’s faulty or loose, it could cause leaks. A leaky T&P valve might mean the water temperature is too high or the tank’s pressure is dangerously high. Both situations need quick attention.  

If you think the T&P valve is the issue, check around it for any moisture. If it’s damp or you see water, it might be time for a replacement. 

Have You Checked for a Leaky Inlet Valve? 

The inlet valve, acting as the gatekeeper for cold water entering your water heater, can often cause leaks. If this valve is faulty or not sealed properly, water might escape. A leaking inlet valve usually leads to water pooling at the heater’s base. You might spot a persistent drip or even a tiny waterfall from the valve area. 

To troubleshoot, check the inlet valve for any damage or wear. A quick tightening or maybe a replacement could do the trick. 

Have You Called a Professional Plumber?   

If your water heater is still leaking after trying these simple troubleshooting steps, it’s time to call a professional plumber. Some issues might be too complex for DIY fixes. An experienced plumber can accurately diagnose the problem and offer a professional solution, whether that’s replacing parts, fixing internal tank issues, or even recommending a new water heater. 

Remember, putting off fixing a water heater leak will cause more damage to the unit or even lead to water damage. If you can’t figure out a water heater leak on your own, it’s best to call a professional plumber. 

Our team of skilled experts is always ready to help you keep your home safe and comfortable. Call Grove City Plumbing & Drain by calling (614) 362-3345 or clicking here to schedule an appointment now!