Why is My Water Heater Leaking From The Bottom?

Why is My Water Heater Leaking From The Bottom?

You should not treat a leaking water heater lightly. Over time, the leaks may cause water damage to the flooring and other items in your utility area, and they’ll only get worse. If the bottom of your water heater is leaking, it almost certainly signals that you have a significant problem with your equipment.
Do you want to know why your hot water tank is leaking and if it’s possible to fix it? You should first check the heater before thoroughly calling a professional from the water heater service in Lewis Center, Ohio, to troubleshoot and fix your unit. Continue reading to discover the most prevalent causes of water heaters leaking from the bottom.

Understand the main causes of water heater leaks 

  1. Temperature and pressure relief valves are faulty
    The T&P (Temperature & Pressure) relief valve is a common type of relief valve. Safety features are present on all water heaters marketed in the United States. It discharges excess pressure from the tank via a tube aimed at the floor; if the pressure in the tank becomes too high, water is often sprayed through this tube as the pressure is alleviated.

    However, in rare situations, your T&P valve may be working well – and you may have too much pressure in your hot water tank. Pressure may build up if the hot water tank is heating water at too high a temperature (more than 140-145° F), which could occur due to defective temperature control. If the pressure in your water heater surpasses its rated PSI, it may burst, so call a plumber right once.

  2. Drain valve leak
    A drain valve that is not entirely closed or is malfunctioning and leaking is another common reason for water heaters leaking from the bottom. The drain valve allows the tank to be drained to perform maintenance or repairs on the water heater and drain sediment that has accumulated at the bottom of the tank.

    If your drain valve is leaking, there is a possibility that it is not damaged. It’s conceivable that it’s not entirely shut. You might have loosened the handle at some stage, allowing some water to drop out and loosening the drain valve somewhat. Check that the knob or handle is completely tightened.

  3. Internal tank leak
    The third – and most common – cause of your water heater leaking from the bottom is tank damage. If you have a leaking hot water tank, it is due to an internal, structural problem enabling water to leak out and pool at the tank’s base.

    A leaking water heater is a major issue. So, if the bottom of your water heater is leaking, call the experts at Emergency Plumbing Service. We can inspect your water heater, identify the underlying source of the problem, and designate the necessary maintenance and repairs – or install a new water heater to replace your damaged equipment. 

Contact us at (740)-217-0450 right away to obtain the assistance you require. Our priority is to keep your product safe and ensure your comfort. 

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