What are the common causes of Water Heater Leaking?

If you own a home chances are you never give the water heater a
second thought — until it starts leaking. In some cases a water heater
leaking is repairable and may be caused by a faulty fitting, a
temperature and pressure release valve (T&P valve) or condensation.

Other than that a water heater is nothing more than a metal tank
covered in insulation, wrapped in a shiny metal wrapper with a few
intrusions attached here and there. A water heater leaking can be many
things, none of them repairable
  • A rupture of the inner tank is the most common. The heater must
    be replaced.
  • A rupture of a fitting attached to the inner tanks. The heater is not
    repairable and must be replaced.
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What To Look For if Your Water Heater is Leaking

Inspect all fittings and lines to and from water heater. It is possible to
have a tiny pinhole leak in a copper pipe that streams a fine mist or
dribbles continuously. Look for white powdery encrusted areas that are
evidence of small leaks. Repair as needed.

Check to see if the water may be escaping from the T&P valve on the
side of the heater. Sometimes a piece of grit can
Many Kinds of WATER HEATERS to Choose

  • Gas (30, 40, 50, 75 gallon)
  • Electric (40, 50, 80 gallon)
  • Propane (30, 40, 50, 75 gallon)
  • Tankless water heaters
  • Solar water heaters
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  • Pipe cutters for copper pipe. They come small,
    medium, large. A small and a medium will suffice.
  • Channel Locks, 2 pairs.
  • Pipe wrench might come in handy
  • Soldering torch and a good tip
  • Screwdriver
  • Hex head screw driver (for vent screws)
  • Emery cloth, solder, paste
  • Box cutters
  • Tin snips for metal vent pipe
  • Teflon tape
  • Self-tapping sheet metal screws
  • Appliance dolly or a couple of workers with strong
Things to consider before a DIY water heater project.

When replacing a water heater you may need additional black pipe
nipples and fittings  in different sizes (close nipple to 12"), 1/2"  to 3/4"  
copper pipe, various copper fittings, additional 3" vent pipe.
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T&P Valve
become lodged in the orifice of the valve. This
will cause it to leak because of the pressure
within the tank. It may also be a faulty valve. If it
is leaking lift the lever until a small amount of
water is removed. This may expel the grit. If not it
may be necessary to replace the valve.
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