How to Prevent a Leaking Water Heater

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A leaking water heater can cause significant damage to your home, not to mention the expensive repairs and high utility bills that come with it. Fortunately, there are several simple and effective ways to keep it from happening. A.M. Plumbing & Rooter shares helpful tips to keep your hot water heater in tip-top shape and prevent costly leaks.

Adjust the Temperature Setting

If the temperature is too high, it can lead to excessive pressure, causing the temperature and pressure relief valve (T&P valve) to release water from the tank. If you notice water leaking from the valve, turn down the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and see if it stops. However, if you already dialed down the temperature and the leak persists, you may have a broken T&P valve, prompting water heater repair in Temecula, CA.

Inspect Your Water Heater Frequently

It’s a good idea to check your water heater regularly for leaks. Look for any signs of moisture or dripping near the base of the unit, and check the tank and connections for any signs of rust or corrosion. If you find a leak, address it as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your home and water heater installation.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Routine maintenance includes flushing the tank to remove any sediment buildup, checking the T&P valve, and tightening any loose connections. We recommend getting preventive water heater services at least once a year to keep your unit in excellent shape and prevent leaks.

Check and Replace the Anode Rod

The anode rod is a sacrificial rod designed to corrode in place of the tank. Over time, the rod will deteriorate, which can lead to a leaking water heater. Check the anode rod every two years and replace it if necessary. This simple step can steer clear of leaks and extend the life of your water heater.

Preventing a leaking traditional or tankless water heater requires a combination of regular maintenance, proper installation and usage, and careful monitoring. If you experience any problem with your unit, A.M. Plumbing & Rooter is just a call away for prompt repairs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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