My water heater is leaking, what now?

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Having a leaking water heater is not something you should ignore as a homeowner or a renter. Instead, you should contact your local heating repair company as soon as possible so you can get a technician to come and diagnose, then fix the problem.

There are many reasons why you may notice water under your heater and troubleshooting the problem shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Here’s what you should do, should you encounter your water heater is leaking.

  1. Find the leak. The most important thing you need to do is first find the leak so you can identify where the problem is coming from.
    1. Check the temperature and pressure relief valve to see if these are culprits to the issue. If this isn’t the problem…
    2. Check the bottom of your heater to see if the discharge tube has moisture on it. If there is moisture this is a clear indicator that your temperature and pressure relief valve is the problem.
  2. Prevent water damage. Alright, now that you’ve found the leak you need to stop the water from further damage.
    1. If you’re not sure how to turn off the power to your machine, refer to your owner’s pamphlet and follow the instructions.
    2. If you can’t find your owner’s pamphlet, call your heating repair company and ask the rep for the steps to turn off your power until they can get to your home and finish the job.
    3. After you’ve turned the power off to the machine, you’ll need to switch off the water valve as well, so you no longer have water going into your machine.
  3. Decide on what to do next.
    1. The best decision is to contact your heating repair company and schedule a technician to come to your property as soon as they can.
    2. If you’re someone who has experience fixing water heaters, you can also try to fix the issue yourself, but you should always get a second opinion and have your work checked over by a professional.

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