A water heater, whether electric or gas, is expected to last up to 10 to 12 years when properly maintained. Within this period, however, there are chances that it could have a leak. A first-time leak may appear as a minor problem but could later develop into a major nuisance. Even the slightest amount of water has the potential to cause damage to your walls and floors. Depending on where the leak occurs, a professional Edmonton plumber can fix the problem before the system gets completely damaged.

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Dripping Pipes

Usually, water heaters connect to hot and cold water supply lines. These two pipes come with joints to allow them to bend toward the water heater. The cold or the hot water line could leak around the joints, making it hard to identify where the seep out is emanating from. A plumber can identify the problem and fix it.

Faulty Pressure Relief Valve

When pressure in the water tank gets too high, the relief valve releases water, but if it is not controlled, it can lead to explosions. Once your valve starts leaking, it is very important to have it checked. There is very little that a plumber can do to fix leaking valves; and therefore, many professionals suggest that homeowners have them replaced.

Condensation

Is there a puddle of water on the floor just below or next to your water heater? The liquid could be the result of condensation formed on the outside parts of hot water tanks. When the liquid in the tank is cold, condensation takes place, and this is common when the usage of hot water is high. Once water drips on the floor, it gives the impression of a leaking tank and with little expertise; it is not easy to identify whether the problem is caused by condensation or another underlying issue.

Damaged Gaskets

For the heater to warm water, it depends on two heating elements that are sealed with gaskets to prevent leakages. Once the gaskets wear out, water tends to collect under the tank causing a leakage. In such cases, the plumber may choose to replace both the elements and the gasket.

Corroded Tank

The moment your tank starts to leak and cause of the seepage is unknown, there are high chances that the plumber will suggest replacing it. As a result of mineral deposits, the tank begins to corrode and eventually lets out water, which is a problem that cannot be repaired.

Sources:

Water Heater Troubleshooting & Repair (Suburban) PDF, Heartland Owners Forum

Crosby® Pressure Relief Valve Engineering Handbook PDF, Crosby Valve Inc.