If you landed here because you have a leaking hot water heater, the news may be bad, so brace yourself. If you’re lucky, you can repair the leak—if it stems from the water heater’s pipe fittings, pressure relief valve, or drain valve. For electric systems, the heating element gasket can also be repaired.
Leaking Hot Water Heater Tank Cannot Be Repaired
If the leak is coming from the hot water storage tank, it’s not your lucky day. You cannot repair a leaking hot water heater tank. It must be replaced. If you’re skeptical about that diagnosis, here are a half-dozen other experts on the subject who all agree:
- Water Heater Is Leaking (HomeTips.com) – “Water heaters have limited life spans; it’s possible that your tank has become corroded. If that’s the case, the water heater should be replaced by a water heater repair person.”
- Water Heater Leaking: What should you do? (WaterHeaterLeakingInfo.com) – “Is your water heater leaking from the bottom of the tank? This suggests a serious internal problem and it is likely your water heater needs to be replaced. Do not attempt to disassemble your water heater and perform internal repairs. If your water heater is leaking from the tank either call a licensed plumber to inspect it further or replace the water heater.”
- Hot Water Heater Leaking From Its Tank (StopWaterHeaterLeaking.com) – “The water may leak from the tank itself. This means that there is an internal problem regarding the hot water leakage…A situation like this may indicate that it needs to be replaced.”
- Should a Leaking Hot Water Heater Be Repaired or Replaced? (HomeGuides.SFGate.com) – “Once the tank itself starts to leak water, and you are certain there is no other cause for the leakage, it’s time to replace the water heater. The inside of the tank eventually corrodes from mineral deposits and from the constant strain of heating and cooling. There is no way to repair a leaking tank.”
- How to Fix a Leaking Water Heater (RedBeacon.com) – “Examine the outside and the inside of the tank for small holes or signs of rust. If you spot even a single hole in the tank, you need to replace your water heater.”
- Help! My Hot Water Heater is Leaking! (WaterHeaterHub.com) – “Like other appliances, a water heater has a limited lifespan. Over time, sediment inside the tank starts to break down the interior of the water tank and rust starts to form. This rust then starts slowly eating away at the tank walls until a leak develops. When an internal leak occurs due to corrosion and deterioration, replacing the water heater with a new one is really the only option.”
A Better Future
No one likes to replace a major home appliance without advanced notice. Heck, very few people like to do that even with plenty of notice. In an emergency, like when you have no hot water, the easiest and quickest solution is to replace the broken system with the same type of system.
But, perhaps you are not in a hot-water-emergency. Perhaps you have the time and inclination to learn about your hot water options before you install a new water heating system. Good, because a lot of eco-friendly alternatives to an old-fashioned tank-type system are now available.
We prefer tankless water heaters, because they have the most immediate and long-term advantages. Tankless systems do have one short-term disadvantage compared to a tank-type unit, a higher upfront investment, but that’s offset by a couple of decades or more worth of energy-cost savings.
Let’s Talk Tankless
For a conversation about the many benefits and advantages of installing a state-of-the-art tankless water heating system in your home, call us at (317) 248-9668 or send us a message.