Leaky Water Heater: When to Call a Professional Plumber

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There are many issues that can impact your water heater, including leaks. Some leaks are tricky to diagnose and repair without the proper experience and tools.

Leaky Water Heater: When to Call a Professional Plumber

Water leaking from the plastic faucet on a residential electric water heater sitting on a concrete floor with a red pipe wrench, tubing cutters, teflon tape and copper fittings in the foreground to repair or place the appliance.

Here are some of the main ways you’ll know it’s time to call a professional plumber to fix your leaky water heater.

  • Pooling Water. The most obvious sign that it’s time to call a plumber for your leaky water heater is visible leaks around the unit. Depending on where your water heater is located, you may only be able to see wet patches or trickling streams around the unit, but a professional plumber will be able to identify and fix the source of the leak.
  • Cold Water. A lack of hot water, blasts of cold water, or hot water running out more quickly than usual may mean a small leak in the water heater is impacting your access to a consistent flow of hot water. If your water is always cold or the hot water disappears quickly, it’s time to call a professional plumber.
  • Sweating or Condensation. Water heaters may develop condensation due to issues with corrosion, rust, or damage. Rust and corrosion can create weak points in your water heater and make it more prone to leaks if these issues are not addressed. If your water heater has beads of condensation on the exterior or feels damp to the touch, then you should call a plumber to diagnose the issue immediately.

At A Step Above Plumbing Inc., we can fix your leaky water heater and get hot water flowing in your home. Contact us today!