Help! Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

We’ve discussed before reasons that you may need to call for water heater repairs, with leaks being one of the leading causes. If you notice water starting to pool around the base of your unit or any other area around it, you can be pretty sure that a leak has occurred. When this happens, it’s imperative that you call in professionals.

Without prompt professional repair, leaks can rapidly worsen, and you can easily find yourself with major water damage and a completely failed water heater. We’ve listed below some of the reasons that your water heater may be leaking. This is to help you understand the function of your water heater—not to guide you through DIY-repairs. Repairs should be handled by a trained expert, such as a member of our staff.

Spike in Water Pressure

When the water pressure inside your water heater tank rises too high, it will create leaks at connection points. Water pressure is regulated in the system with a valve and an expansion tank. But should either of these malfunctions occur, or if too much sediment builds up in the tank, then the water pressure will begin to rise.

Rust or Corrosion

Naturally, when water meets metal, rust happens. However, water heaters are equipped with an anode rod to resist corrosion through most of their service life. But if that anode rod wears down—as they may a few times throughout your water heater’s lifecycle—then corrosion can get a grip on your water heater and weaken the metal, allowing leaks to begin.

Amateur Installation or Repairs

One of the reasons you should only trust your water heater services to licensed professionals is to avoid leaks. Amateurs or general “handymen” often use poor soldering techniques, whether it’s due to ignorance or lack of access to quality tools and training. As a result, it’s easy for leaks to spring up at connectors. Fortunately, our skilled technicians can resolve the issue and get your water heater back up and running as it should be.

Contact Sound Heating right away if your Seattle, WA water heater needs service. We take your comfort as serious as you do! 

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