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Master Plumber Tips For Leaky Water Heater Repairs

Water heater repairs can always be a hassle for any household in Northern Utah, which is why our Master Plumbers are here to help you get the job done right!

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Losing hot water supply happens to every household in Northern Utah at some point, and these startling moments can come unexpectedly as you’re showering, washing dishes, or doing all sorts of different household chores. You may hope it’s just a blip in your water heater’s functionality, but then you go inspect the unit yourself and see firsthand that it’s in fact leaking.

Water heater repairs and leaks are generally caused by all sorts of issues, including common root causes like the unit’s age and wearing connections. The good news is that Beehive Plumbing’s Master Plumbers are well-versed with water heater issues and resolving them for good, so you can be rest assured when you work with us that you’ll have some of the best specialists in Northern Utah looking at your home’s unit.

Below we’ll be going over some important water heater repair tips that you should keep in mind!

What Are The Causes For Leaking Water Heaters?

A lot of people jump to the conclusion that their water heater system is failing when they’re experiencing a leak, but this isn’t necessarily the case in all situations. There are some scenarios in which water is actually dripping from the top of a unit and running down the tank’s body, and it’s also possible that a drain valve is leaking.

Water heaters also utilize pressure relief valves, which are safety features that help them avoid pressure from building up too much. These relief valves are also prone to leaking.

If your water heater is older and not properly insulated, it’s also possible for condensation to build up. This isn’t necessarily a leak, but for the common homeowner it definitely looks like one!

What’s great about working with our Master Plumbers is that we’ll help you detect a water heater leak and get to the real source of the issue, and these sources aren’t always as troubling as you may initially think.

Troubleshooting A Leaky Water Heater Repair Problem

If you find yourself in a leaky water heater situation, then it’s important to be very careful and always go step by step for any troubleshooting.

The first thing you’ll want to check up on is the unit’s drain valve, and you’ll more specifically want to ensure that it’s fully closed by turning the valve control clockwise. If your water heater leak is in fact coming from your drain valve, then simply tightening it may do the trick to stop the leak. If that doesn’t fix the leak, then it’s possible that you may need your drain valve replaced.

The next thing you’d need to check up on is the pressure relief valve, which is usually located at either the bottom or the top of the tank unit. If your relief valve is located at the top of your unit, then it’s possible that water has been running down your tank. If you do notice that your pressure valve is leaking, then you’ll want to double-check your unit’s thermostat and ensure that it’s not too high. If this isn’t the problem for your relief valve leaking, then it’s possible that you may need a replacement.

If your water heater is experiencing a condensation issue, you should consider turning your unit’s thermostat down or completely turning the unit off for a handful of hours. If you notice that the leak stops during this time, then you can be pretty sure that you’re experiencing a condensation problem. If this isn’t the problem you’re experiencing, then it is possible that your tank is leaking. In this situation, you may need a water heater replacement.

Crucial Safety Tips For Water Heater Repairs

There are many safety tips when it comes to water heater repairs, which is why these types of plumbing jobs are best left in the hands of experienced professionals.

One safety tip that must always be abided by even when you’re troubleshooting an issue is to turn off your property’s water supply before making any kind of disconnections to your water heater unit. You’ll also want to turn the power off of your water heater unit, and you’ll also need to locate your gas supply line valve if you have a gas water heater. NEVER disconnect a gas water heater prior to turning off your gas supply!

If you have an electric water heater, you’ll want to flip the circuit breaker that goes to your unit before doing any kind of troubleshooting work. You’ll also need to properly drain your water heater, and this is typically done by connecting a hose to your unit and running the water outside.

Reach Out To Our Master Plumbers To Learn More About Water Heater Repairs!

Beehive Plumbing has been a leading water heater repair and replacement team in Northern Utah for over 20 years, so you can count on our seasoned specialists to know exactly what’s going on with your unit and how to properly fix your current issues.

Reach out to us online or call us at 801-661-8155 to speak with our Master Plumbers today and let us know about your current water heater problem!

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