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What to Do with a Leaky Water Heater

water-heaterThere are certain systems, appliances, and amenities that are not necessities across the board. One homeowner may be willing to do without an indoor air quality system, for instance, while another may choose not to use a garbage disposal in his or her home. One thing that we can all agree on, though, is that a consistent supply of hot water in our homes is a must. That is why problems any kind with our water heaters in Anacortes, WA are so concerning.

There are plenty of problems that you may encounter with a water heater, from strange sounds to tepid water temperatures. While any and all such problems are definitely alarming, a leaking water heater is what most homeowners would define as being an emergency. That is why we suggest that you contact us the moment that you find your water heater has sprung a leak. We’ll determine what precisely the issue is, and how best to deal with it.

Pinpointing the Leak Is a Necessity

Okay, so we have some good news, and we have some bad news. That good news is that not all leaks are going to spell major trouble for your water heater. The bad news is that, well, some of them are. This is largely going to come down to where the leak is located, as well as the extent of the leak.

Obviously your water heater, regardless of whether it is a tank or tankless system, has a water supply line that pipes cold water into it, and a hot water line that pumps hot water out into your plumbing system as needed. If you have a pipe that has developed a leak, or if a fixture at a connection is the issue, then we can repair that for you.

If you have a tank style water heater, however, and you notice that your tank itself seems to be leaking, then you are going to need a new one installed. There is just no way in which to restore the integrity of a hot water tank that has developed a leak. But why might that tank develop a leak, to begin with?

Hot Water Tanks Are Not Failsafe

Obviously, hot water tanks are designed to store hot water. That is why they are given a glass lining that will help to protect the tank itself from corrosion. However, over time, the high temperatures can cause that lining to crack. Once that happens, the mix of water and metal will do its thing, and corrosion can begin. That is why no water heater will last indefinitely.

Now, there is another component here to consider, and that is the anode rod. We’re not going to get too deep into it in today’s post, but basically this anode rod attracts materials in the water that would cause corrosion, and the rod corrodes before the tank. It’s important that the anode rod is replaced as needed.

Contact Foss Heating & Cooling for any water heater services that you may need.

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