Water heater leaks can be stressful, but don’t jump the gun and order a replacement just yet. This video will show how to conduct water heater repairs on your own for small leaks.
The first thing to check is your relief valve. It’s an important safety valve that prevents explosions if the temperature and pressure get too high by releasing water. After the valve discharges, there should be no more leaking.
If there is leaking, it may point to corrosion that prevents the valve from closing properly. Check to see if there are any leaks around the threads, too. The easiest fix is to replace the relief valve. If it discharges regularly, that’s ok. It means it’s working, but you can get a technician to install a diaphragm expansion tank.
The drain valve is used during regular maintenance to drain the tank. They are made of brass because brass is the most reliable. The leak may be coming from the drain or the threads where it connects to the water heater. Again, a simple replacement will fix the leak.
For more information on repairing leaks on your water heater, click on the link to the video above.