Just noticed your water heater is leaking? The difference between a small or severe leak is not as great as you may think. It’s important to note that a water heater leak does not get any smaller or disappear over time. It only gets worse, so it’s best to move quickly to fix the problem. Here’s what the experts at Performance recommend you should do if your water heater is leaking.
How to Turn Off Leaking Water Heater in 3 Steps
1. Turn off the Power Supply
Safety precautions should always be taken first, especially when it comes to water and electricity. You can turn off the power supply to your water heater by switching off the breaker or your water heater may have an on/off switch. Doing both won’t hurt either.
2. Turn off the Water Supply
This one seems a bit redundant but it is crucial to properly implement this step. Water heaters should all have a valve above the water heater that will switch off the water supply. The factory setting for water heaters is 125 degrees Fahrenheit, but this is not always the case since some homeowners turn their temperatures to the maximum heat setting ranging between 160-190 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures of 125 degrees Fahrenheit don’t pose too much of a threat but 160-190 degrees Fahrenheit can definitely cause severe burns so avoiding contact is pertinent!
3. Troubleshoot the Leak
Once you have taken the right safety precautions you can now troubleshoot the leak to see where it is coming from. There are a few different factors that could be causing your water heater to leak. Here is a list of the most common problems:
– A loose connection between the water inlet and outlet pipes
– Defective temperature and pressure relief valve
– A leaking heater drain valve
– Internal tank water leak