“There are a few reasons why water may be dripping (or trickling) out of your water heater. Here’s how to identify where the leak is coming from, and what to do next.
The drain valve
If water is leaking from the bottom of your hot water tank, check the drain valve first. It’s located on the bottom of the appliance and looks like a spigot you’d hook your hose up to outside. You should be able to tell by looking at the area around the valve whether it’s responsible for the leak.
The temperature and pressure relief valve
The temperature and pressure relief valve (usually referred to as the “T & P valve”) is a safety feature that releases excess pressure from the tank. The valve itself is usually located on the top or side of the water heater with a thin pipe (either metal or plastic) attached, pointing down to the ground.”
Read more on leaky water heaters and how to fix them here.
Another common issue for leaks may have to do with your internal tank. Tanks should be flushed once a year to remove corrosive mineral deposits and sediments. If this isn’t done, over time, a crack may form which will lead to leaking.
Is your hot water heater leaking? If so, call us at 612-729-5646 to schedule hot water heater repair or replacement.