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Plumbing 07/20/12

What To Do if Your Water Heater is Leaking

As we all know, water heaters are standard appliances in homes and businesses everywhere. They provide us with warm water for bathing, cooking, cleaning and more. While you may use this appliance on a daily basis without giving much thought to its function, most people quickly appreciate its benefits when they notice it has sprung a leak. That is when Bill Howe Plumbing can help. We are the San Diego water heater experts. With more than three decades of experience in repairing and installing San Diego water heaters, we can ensure that you’ll have hot water the same day of your call.

While some water heaters leak an excessive amount of water that is highly visible, other Leaking San Diego Water Heater, picture taken by a Bill Howe plumber leaks may not be so apparent. One sign that you might have a water heater leak is if you don’t have hot water coming through other fixtures in your home. The leak may have put out the pilot light and stopped the heater from producing any more hot water. Another sign is if the temperature and pressure relief valve starts to drip or release a stream of water. It does this because the temperature or pressure of the water has exceeded its safety limits. A plumber should then be called to check the pressure to the house and make the necessary corrections. Another sign of a leak is if the water heater stand is wet or damp. Your water heater is insulated and therefore should never release condensation and your stand should be completely dry. And last, but not least, if there is any pooling of water near your water heater, you should have a San Diego water heater expert inspect your water heater immediately.

If you’ve determined that you have a water heater leak, follow these easy steps:

1. Shut off the water to your water heater – the shut off valve should be on the top of the water heater.
2. Turn off the water heater – turn the black knob on top of the gas control valve (there should be instructions on how to do this directly on your water heater, if you have any questions about this, call us and we’ll walk you through it).
3. Call Bill Howe plumbing! We have technicians who specialize in tankless and traditional water heater repairs and installations and we can come out the same day you call us to take care of the leak.

Don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego water heater expert immediately. At Bill Howe Plumbing we can walk you through any of the steps above, or come to your home or business and provide you with a free estimate. We have more than 30 years of experience in San Diego water heater repair and no job is too large or too small for us.

To schedule an appointment or receive an estimate, please contact us at 1-800-BILL-HOWE (1-800-245-5469).

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  1. Tilo STANLEY

    Hello

    Thanks for the tips.Are there Industrial type of Water Heathers available ? Possible with a Stainless or Copper Tank.I use three Heaters in my Tryplex and it seems they dont last long.The last one was a General Electric,made in Mexico and purchased at Home Depot.It had a 12 year Guarantie and sprung a leak after four Years.They replaced it with a new one ,but Charged me close to 400 Dollars for the Exchange Work.It seems,they dont make them like they used to.

    • Bill Howe

      All water heaters on the market today are glass lined tanks. Many years ago there were copper tanks but obviously the cost has become outrageous. There are a few alternative choices today with tankless heaters that use a copper heat exchanger and they do make an indirect water heating system that uses a stainless steel tank and an external boiler to heat the water. The tankless heater will cost approximately 2 to 3 times the cost of a normal tank heater for the original installation and the indirect system will cost 6-10 times the cost of a normal tank.

      Yes, you are probably right that the new water heaters are not what they used to be. The best way to extend the life on water heaters is to do some maintenance on a regular basis. The heater should be drained and flushed and the anode rod should be checked and replaced if necessary. – Bill Haws, General Manager

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