Are you constantly running out of hot water? There could be some quick fixes you can do before calling a professional plumber for help.
Today’s water heaters typically last between ten and twelve years, although many can last up to fifteen. If you notice that you’re running out of hot water when you take a bath or shower, it may be that oxidation has caused debris to accumulate in your hot water heater. Oxidation occurs in new or older water heaters when air leaks in forming rust in the tubes of your water heater interfering with the heating function. If your water heater is relatively new and you’re finding that you’re running out of hot water, this could be because a drain valve was left open. In which case, simply close the drain valve at the base of the tank to prevent air from entering.￼
If the drain valve is closed and you’re still experiencing hot water issues, check to see if debris is building up by placing a￼ saucepan or container under the heater’s drain faucet and turning the valve on. This will serve to clear the debris. While this is a temporary solution, it may also be an indication that it is time for a new water heater, especially if your water heater is hitting the ten year mark!
If your drain valve is closed, and there is no debris in the saucepan, then it could be that your hot water tank has a leak.
3 Signs of a Hot Water Heater with Leakage
1. A puddle of water at the base of the tank
Perhaps the most obvious sign of a hot water heater leak is a puddle of water at the base of the tank. Other signs include not having hot water in your sinks or in the shower. In some cases, a leak in your hot water heater may turn off the pilot light, preventing the water heater from doing its job.
2. A drop in the temperature and pressure relief valve
Another indicator that there may be a leak in the hot water heater is a drop in the temperature and pressure relief valve. If this happens, it is important that you call one of our certified plumbers immediately as the pressure valve drip indicates that the internal pressure of the unit has exceeded the manufacturer’s safety limit.
3. A water heater that is wet or damp to touch
If your hot water heater is wet or damp when you touch it, there is a very good chance that you have a leak in the water heater. Water heaters are insulated and should not sweat or produce condensation.
What should I do if my Water Heater has a leak?
First, if you have any hot water tap open – showers, sinks or your washing machine – make sure you close them. Second, there must be a knob somewhere in your water heater that acts as a gas control knob. You may need to consult the owner’s manual for the exact location. Once you find the gas control valve, close it too. If you are still unsure of a leak, or how serious it is, it is a good idea to call a local plumber to assess the situation. While some leaks can be repaired, others – if left unattended – can lead to flooded rooms and basements.
Hot water tank leaking? Call My Calgary Plumber
Call (587) 707-0606 if you have a leaking hot water tank. If you need a new hot water tank, we will remove the old one and help you choose and install the new one that can help you save money on energy costs in the future.