A leaking water heater is a major hassle for any homeowner. It increases water bills and can cause significant water damage to your home. So, if you’re currently facing this issue, you likely want answers fast. That’s where we come in! Let our team at Loveland Plumbing & Drain help you find out why your water heater is leaking. 

Before we begin, remember that your safety comes first! Always turn off the unit before starting any troubleshooting. 

Think About the Hot Water Inlet and Outlet Connections   

One common cause of water heater leaks is loose connections at the hot or cold water inlet and outlet pipes. Over time, regular wear and tear can loosen these connections, leading to leaks. This might create a small puddle around the heater’s base or cause water to drip from the pipes. 

To address this issue, inspect the connections around your water heater. If you find water, loose connections might be the cause. A simple twist of a wrench could fix it, but be careful not to overtighten it as it could make the problem worse. 

Think About the Pressure Relief Valve   

Another possible cause of the water heater leak is a faulty pressure relief valve. This valve releases excess pressure from the tank. If it fails to do its job, water can leak out. 

To check if the valve is the issue, lift its lever slightly. If water comes out, the valve is working. If it keeps leaking after you release it, you likely need to replace it. 

Think About the Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve   

Like other valves, the temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve can leak. It’s responsible for regulating the water heater’s temperature and pressure. If it malfunctions or is loose, it could cause leaks. A leaking T&P valve might mean the water temperature is too high or the tank pressure is too high—both need urgent attention. 

If you think the T&P valve is the issue, check around the valve for moisture. If it’s damp or you find water, you might need to replace it. 

Think About the Inlet Valve   

The inlet valve controls the flow of cold water into your water heater and can often cause leaks. If this valve is damaged or not sealed properly, water might escape. A leaking inlet valve usually leads to water pooling at the base of the heater. You might see a constant drip or a small stream of water from the valve area, if this is the source of your water heater woes. 

To troubleshoot, check the inlet valve for damage or wear. You might need to tighten it a bit or replace it. 

When It’s Time To Call a Professional Plumber:   

If your water heater still leaks after trying these simple troubleshooting steps, it’s time to call a professional plumber. Some problems might be too complex for DIY fixes. Additionally, an experienced plumber can accurately diagnose the issue and recommend a professional solution, which might include replacing parts, fixing internal tank problems, or even suggesting a new water heater. 

Remember, delaying the repair of a water heater leak can damage the unit or cause water damage. It’s best to get this issue resolved as soon as you can. If you can’t fix the leak yourself, please consider calling a professional plumber. Our team of skilled experts is always ready to help you maintain a safe and comfortable home! 

Call Loveland Plumbing & Drain for all your plumbing needs today at (513) 644-0556, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here!