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28 Sep 2013 - 05:50:42 pm

Leaking Electric Water Heater

††††††††††† When you are dealing with plumbing, many different problems can arise.Some fixes are easily handled, but there are some that are a little more tricky.One example is leaking electric water heater.It is more complex because there are a number of things that could be happening.Some of these problems can be easily fixed with a replacement part or two, while bigger problems lead to replacing the entire unit.

††††††††††† The first and most important thing to do is to determine what is leaking.A good place to start is the Temperature and Pressure (T&P) relief valve.This valve could be stuck, overheating, or there may be too much pressure on it.You can turn down the thermostat to see if that fixes your problem.You can also try draining out the T&P valve, making sure there isnít any junk left in it.If it continues to leak, you may just need to replace the valve itself.



††††††††††† You can also look at the drain pipe attached to the valve, it is possible that it has cracked and that it needs to be replaced.Check all other pipes and connections around the water heater to make sure it isnít something that isnít part of the actual water heater.

††††††††††† The next places to look would be the heating elements and gaskets that are on the internal part of the water heater.Before doing this, make sure that you shut off the power to the water heater to avoid the risk of electric shock.There should be some access panels that can be taken off with a screwdriver.Once the access plates are off, you may have to push some insulation off to the side to see the components of the water heater.Doing this can also help you detect if water is leaking.



The problem could be a little gasket or a heating element.Try tightening the bolts around the element and if this doesnít work, you may need a new gasket.If you need to remove an element or anything that goes straight into the tank of the water heater, you will need to drain the water from the unit to avoid any water from leaking when you take out the part.Most parts on water heaters are replaceable and can be found at your local supply house.Replacing individual parts on the water heater will save you hundreds of dollars (since you wonít have to buy a new water heater).

If you have tried all of these things and the problem still hasnít been fixed or you have determined that the tank is leaking (caused by corrosion and years of use), then you will have to spend the money for a new water heater.The tanks of water heaters are built to last 10-15 years, but like all things, they can and will wear out eventually.

Unless the problem is obvious, it is always a good idea to investigate the leak and try to find its source.It may take some time, but it will save you a lot of money.

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