If you have lived in your home for more than a decade and have not had your hot water tank replaced since you moved in, it may be time to consider getting a replacement. The average lifespan for a hot water tank is usually between 8 to 10 years. Even with annual inspections, an older hot water is far more likely to spring a leak, which is why you should be aware of what to do in the case of an emergency. By following these few helpful guidelines, you can do a lot to save yourself some time, stress and money if you have a leaking water tank.
Find the Source of the Leak
In most homes, the hot water heater can be found in areas where water and condensation can build up for a number of reasons that may not necessarily have to do with the tank heater at all. Visibility in these areas can also be an issue, which is why you will want to lay down some paper towels or rags that will make it easier to see where the leak originates.
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Cut the Power
Once you have confirmed that the leak is in fact coming from your hot water tank heater, you should turn off the power right away. This will prevent any additional water flowing into the tank, and will stop you from wasting any energy heating water that is just going to leak onto the floor. If you have an electrical tank heater, it is advisable to cut the power off at the breaker panel. For gas powered heaters, there should be a dial or switch located on the tank itself that will stop the gas from fuelling the unit. Do not close the gas valve if you can avoid it, as you may actually cause even more issues with your tank heater if you do not properly close the valve.
Stop the Water Flow
For a significant leak, you will want to stop the water from flowing in all together, so you don’t end up wasting water and costing yourself more time, money and hassle with future clean ups. If you are unable to access the shut off valve that is attached to the tank heater, you can shut off the main water supply to your home.
Call a Plumber
Once you have ensured that the leak is coming from your hot water tank, and you have shut off both the water and power connected to the tank, it is a good idea to call a plumbing expert as soon as possible. Most tanks that are leaking from the base will require a replacement. With Lillie Family Heating and Plumbing, you can count on fast and reliable repairs for your leaking water tank, as well as a fantastic selection of top quality replacement hot water tanks.
For more information on hot water tank repair services, or other quality plumbing and heating repairs available from Lillie Family, feel free to continue to check out our website or contact us on the phone with any questions you may have. We offer 24/7 emergency services, so don’t hesitate to call if you need help with a leaking hot water heater or any other issue with your residential or commercial plumbing or HVAC systems.