In this portion, you’ll learn why your water heater is leaking. We’re going to show you exactly why it's leaking and what we can do to fix it.
I've broken this video down into four sections. The first section is going to be why is the water heater leaking in the first place. The second will be, is it something we can repair or do we need to actually replace the water heater. The third is going to be how to get this to stop leaking and how we can fix it and then I have a bonus feature which could save you anywhere from six hundred to a thousand dollars.
At the end of this I'll kindly give you some tips and tricks on how to figure out if maybe this is under warranty and you get a brand new tank for free which they're going for anywhere from $600 to $1,000. If your water heaters are leaking, it's probably for one or two reasons: one is you've never serviced it you didn't even know you could service it and ,then two is you have an over pressure situation where your pressure regulators failed. It's allowing too much pressure to get into the tank and it's leaking. Section two we're going to determine if we have bad news for you or if we have good news. The good news would be if we can repair and the bad news is if it's shot and it needs to be replaced.
Water heaters most likely gonna leak from one of two places, it'll either leak from the top of the water heater up here or it'll leak from the bottom of the water heater, so at the top of the water heater it's gonna leak either from your cold water inlet where the water heater comes out the hot water outlet or it can possibly leak around the vent collar right here. So, if it's leaking out of one of these, it's likely that there's just a loose seal in your connector and you can just turn the water here off and drain the tank down.
Then, you can replace this supply line or possibly this nipple in here and it shot. These are all things that can be repaired, not a big deal if it is leaking out of your temperature and pressure release valve. Say like on the side of your house, you see water puddling. This thing is designed to go off. If the water pressure goes over about 120-130 psi, it will let itself out also. If the water heater gets too hot, it will melt the valve inside and release all the pressure. That way the tank doesn't explode, so if it's leaking from here out the pipe, this is easy. You just unscrew this thing and we sweat a new pipe on if it's leaking from inside of the threads. It's most likely the tank is shot and that is because the threads are steel and they will BK to the point where it won't make a nice connection anymore. A
The tank is pretty much shot if it's leaking out of the vent collar, usually what you're gonna see is like a stream of mist like a little tiny pinhole and we'll just by spraying water up into the vent or out the side. In that case, it's not repairable either if the water is collecting at the bottom of the tank in the water heaters over ten years old. I can almost assure you certainly we're replacing this bad boy.
What happened is: you didn't do the service, you didn't change your anode rods, you didn't do any flushing on it. So, replacing it means we also have to upgrade it to the current codes which there's a lot of codes that have changed in the last ten years. The cost of water heaters are almost doubled as well as the amount of extra parts you have to put on there too.
Three, how to get the water heater to stop leaking, and get it ready for a repair or replacement. So the first step we're gonna do is we're going to turn the valve that lets the water into the water here, and also gives it pressure. We're gonna turn that off, so this is on and then perpendicular is going to be off so that's what you want to do. You're also going to want to release the pressure from the tank so you're gonna go well.
I'll just take you over, we'll go into one of our faucets. At this point, we've got the water basically down to a drip. Now, the water heater has no pressure inside of it and that leak will no longer leak section for the section where you can save six hundred dollars to a thousand dollars on replacing your water heater. I made a helpful video to help cut through the BS and figure out if you're eligible for a free water heater. All you have to do is jump over to the quick water heater FAQ, and you'll look for water heater warranty.
I'm going to show you exactly what you need to do to make sure that to actually verify whether your water heaters are under warranty and if it is how to process the warranty at no cost to you.
The tips given above are applicable to all our clients in Chicago as well.