How to Do a Water Heater Leak Check

Published On July 9, 2018 | By Clare Louise | Home improvement

Most homeowners don’t think much about their water heater until their shower runs cold. However, this doesn’t change the fact that water heaters play a major role in our lives on a daily basis. Without the water heater, you wouldn’t be able to take hot showers, clean your clothes with your washing machine, or use the dishwasher. Therefore, it is essential that you conduct a water heater leak check on a regular basis. Here are a few tips that will help you conduct a water heater leak check and look for other signs that your water heater is about to fail.

Look for Water Around the Unit

You can conduct a water heater leak check by looking for water around the unit. If you see any moisture around the water heater, it is likely that there is a fracture or leak in the tank. As the tank of the water heater rises in temperature, the metal expands. If there are small fractures in the metal, water may leak. Once the metal has cooled down, the leaking from the inner tank will stop.

Before you replace your leaking water heater, you should make sure water isn’t leaking from the connections or fittings of the tank. You should also confirm that the pressure overflow pipe isn’t leaking. If you don’t notice any moisture around the fittings or connections, chances are you need to get a new water heater.

Check for Rusty Water

You should run the water from all the faucets in your home and check for rusty water. If you only notice rusty water coming from your home’s hot side piping, this is a sign that your water heater is rusting from the inside. This rust may cause your water heater to leak at some point.

However, it is important to remember that your water may be rusty due to rusty pipes. If your piping is galvanized, rusty pipes are a major possibility. To avoid replacing a water heater that is actually in good condition, you should drain three or four five-gallon buckets of hot water. After the third bucket, if the water is still rusty, this points to the water heater rather than the piping being rusty.

How Old Is Your Water Heater?

It is also essential that you know how old your water heater is. You can find the age of your water heater by looking at the serial number printed on the manufacturer’s sticker, which is usually found on the upper portion of the tank.

If you’ve discovered a leak during a water heater leak check or you believe your unit is about to fail, you should reach out to us here at Rooter Guard to learn about the water heater products and services we offer.

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