What To Do If Your Water Heater Is Broken?
Things You Can Do With Your Broken Water Heater
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Although it is never an ideal situation, you should know what to do in case of a leaking hot water heater. This article from Faster Water Heater guides you through your important first steps upon discovering a faulty water heater.
What To Do With A Leaking Hot Water Heater
Waking up to a leaking water heater emergency is no one’s ideal way to start the day. But if you follow these steps you can prevent an emergency from becoming a disaster.
Leaking Water Heater
If you experience a leaking water heater, it is recommended to turn off the water to your tank. Your water heater tank should have a dedicated shutoff valve on the cold inlet pipes. If this is a gate-style valve (a wheel that turns), turn the valve clockwise as far as you can.
If the valve is a ball-style valve, turn the handle 180 degrees. If this valve is broken, you can shut the water off to your home. Each home should have a main water shut off valve that would stop the flow of water to the entire house.
Next, you will need to turn off the power supply. If you have an electric water heater, turn your power off at the breaker. If you have a gas water heater, you can turn off the gas at the dedicated gas shut off valve on the gas line leading to the tank.
Following these basic steps from Read more should help ensure that you prevent and minimize any damage that may be caused from the leaking water heater.
Quick Solution For A Broken Water Heater
The following article from Ron Steel Plumbing emphasizes the fact that a leaking water heater must be dealt with in as timely a manner as possible. The two biggest areas of concern being the water and power supplies.
Immediate Things to Do When Your Water Heater Breaks!
Stop the Water
Locate the cold water supply pipe. This pipe leads from the main water line into the top of the water heater. When working properly, the water stops flowing when the tank is full, but because of the burst, the tank pushes the water out into the room as soon as it comes in from the pipe. Turn off the cold water supply line by twisting the valve clockwise until it cannot turn anymore. This will stop the flow of water that continues to fill the hot water heater and spill out from the burst seams.
Shut Off the Power
The electric or gas heating element can pose a new hazard to your home if it continues to run. It can stay heated long after the water has leaked from the tank. This can waste energy and in the worst-case scenario, start a fire. The heating element normally shuts itself off after the water reaches a certain temperature, but if your tank burst because of a faulty thermostat, it probably will not shut itself off.
Again, one of the most important aspects for a homeowner in these situations is damage prevention and even more importantly safety concerns for you and your loved ones.
Video: How to Diagnose and Repair a Broken Water Heater Dip Tube
And sometimes, issues with your water heater might not be as easy to see or diagnose. This is why it is extremely important to consult and diagnose your plumbing issues, especially with a water heater. Check out the following video for a perfect example of how a faulty water heater can affect your home plumbing system.
Avoid The Things That Can Damage Your Water Heater
Of course, no one wants to invest in a new water heater if the old one is still working. But a homeowner needs to consider the long-term effects of dealing with a water heater problem. Just like in the video, the homeowner had to make the decision to replace his water heater. Or else there could be numerous other issues, not the least of which would be safety concerns for him and his family. But also, clogged water lines resulting in malfunctioning appliances.
Certainly, there are smaller issues that can occur with your water heater. Not everything will require a replacement, but you still may need an expert to help you out. The following from Duran Cleaning Plumbing illustrates how water heater problems can range from the relatively simple and innocuous to the very serious and dangerous.
5 Reasons Why Your Hot Water Has Stopped Working
Have you ever woken up early with visions of jumping into a warm steam shower, only to find that your shower is freezing cold? Is it taking longer for your water to heat up to the desirable temperature? If so, then you understand what a hindrance it can be to have a problem with your hot water. Fortunately, in many cases, this problem is easily solved . . . as long as you know what is causing it. Here are some reasons why your hot water may have stopped working:
The pilot light. This is the simplest and easiest hot water problem to fix. Check your water heater to make sure the pilot light is still on (check your owner’s manual if you need helping finding the pilot light, as it is well hidden). If the pilot light is out, then you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to re-light it.
Gas hot water heaters. If you have a gas hot water heater, then your problem may be caused by a leak in the gas line leading to the appliance. If this is the case, you may notice a rotten egg smell around the water heater. This is a very dangerous problem and should only be handled by professionals, so call your plumber immediately.
As with many issues with a water heater, unless you are very knowledgeable it is best to call an expert plumber to repair the issue, reliably and permanently.
Our Number 1 priority at Henco Plumbing Services is delivering top quality service to you. Our professional Journeymen Plumbers are experts at handling issues like your faulty or leaking water heater. Safety issues are a real concern when dealing with a water heater, so do not attempt to repair or replace your water heater yourself. Call us at 360-773-8039 for rapid response service or Contact Us by email. We’ll contact you shortly to schedule an appointment to inspect water heater.
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