Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?
Our homes and businesses are full of appliances that keep us up and running on a daily basis and that we rely on for everyday tasks. One of these is a water heater. We depend on water heaters for a long list of things such as showering, doing laundry, washing our hands and running the dishwasher.
Water Heater Leaks
Of course, problems with water heaters can arise at any point. That includes leaks. Water heater leaks can be caused by a variety of issues including:
- Damage to a pressure relief valve. With a damaged valve, you run the risk of pressure building up in the water tank, which could lead to a leak.
- Loose pipes
- Defective fittings
- Corrosion due to old anode rod that is no longer protecting the water tank. Water can leak out when the anode rod has weakened.
- Temperature and pressure relief valves that were not installed correctly. This causes pressure in the tank to rise, which puts you at risk for leaks.
- Hot and cold water connections that are not working properly
When To Replace A Water Heater
You don’t want to wait until you run into a problem such as a water leak to replace your water heater. If you do, you run the risk of spending more money on repairs or on a replacement since you’re in a bind. The best time to replace your water heater is when there isn’t pressure to do so as that helps you avoid having to rush into a decision.
Different Kinds of Water Heaters
There are options when it comes to the different kinds of water heaters that are available.
- Conventional storage tank water heaters: These are typically powered by electricity and natural gas. With conventional storage tank water heaters, water is heated up and then stored in a tank.
- Tankless water heaters: With tankless water heaters, you get hot water immediately and don’t need to wait for water to warm up. They also supply an endless amount of hot water on demand. Tankless water heaters don’t use any energy unless they are actually heating water, which makes them extremely cost effective. They are also typically compact and smaller than conventional heaters.
- Propane tankless water heaters: These work in a similar way to natural gas water heaters, but are typically less expensive, clean-burning and easier to repair.
W.H. Riley & Son Is Here For All Your Water Heater Needs
If you are in the southeastern Massachusetts area and are looking for plumbing services or water heater installation, servicing or repairs, W.H. Riley & Son can help. Our plumbing professionals work with water heaters that run on propane, natural gas and heating oil. Annual professional maintenance, which is recommended for all water heaters, will help your equipment run efficiently and as long as possible. W.H. Riley & Son will deliver high quality work that will keep your equipment working and your hot water flowing.
Don’t put yourself in a position to be without hot water or to have a water heater leak. Contact W.H. Riley & Son today for all your water heating related needs.