Leaking Water Heater
Discovering you have a leaking water heateris unpleasant to say the least. There are many parts to a water heater that could be causing your leak. The majority of minor leaks can be repaired, however if the tank is leaking that is not repairable. The average life of a water heater in the North Dallas area is 8 – 12 years on a natural gas water heater and 12 – 15 years on an electric, although it is possible for a water heater tank to leak earlier than the average life span.
Possible sources of leaks at the water heater:
Leaking Water lines to the water heater
Temperature & Pressure Valve
Leak from Drain Valve
Leak at Thermostat or Elements
Water Heater tank
If your water heater is leaking give your Dallas area Plumber a call at (972) 509-0224. We will come out and help you shut your water off and give you a free in home quote to repair or replace your water heater during normal business hours.
If you want to attempt shutting off the water and natural gas or electricity read below.
- Locate the Emergency water shutoff valve(pictures of valves below to help you). Once you turn of the water to the water heater and it loses water pressure the leak will slow down and eventually stop. Older shutoff valves may not completely close the water system off due to deterioration.
- Locate the gas shutoff valve and turn it off
- If it is an electric water heater turn off the breaker that controls the water heater.
If your water heater requires replacement, Texas law requires all replacement water heaters have a city permit and inspection upon completion of the water heater installation for your safety.