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Your water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home, but probably one you don't think about much. That is, until you go to take a hot shower and realize the water is either not hot enough or there are puddles of water around the base of the water heater. If you are having problems with your water heater, here are some ways to inspect it and make the necessary repairs.
Keep Safety in Mind
Before you inspect your water heater, remember to do so safely. Wear protective clothing just as an extra safety measure from electric shock or slipping on the water, such as boots, a long sleeve shirt, shoes, and gloves. Always cut the power supply to the house before doing anything with your water heater, which you can find in the breaker box. The main breaker needs to be turned off, as opposed to each individual breaker. This cuts off all power in your home and will prevent any dangers. You also want to be sure your water supply is turned off and the pilot knob is in the pilot position.
Look for Condensation
The first thing to look for when determining the cause of the water leak is to find condensation. A pool of water around the base of the water heater could be nothing more than water caused by condensation on the side of the appliance. If you live somewhere that is especially humid, this is often the cause of small amounts of water. Leave the power off for a few hours and see if the pool of water decreases or is no longer an issue. If so, it is probably just due to condensation and there is no reason to worry.
Check the Plumbing Connection
Another possible cause for a water leak is due to the plumbing connection. If you have looked at the plumbing connected to the water heater and found that is the source of the water leak, try to tighten the pipe fitting and see if it helps the problem. If not, it may be due to the temperature pressure relief valve that is leaking. If you believe it may be due to a plumbing problem, but can't locate the exact spot, call a professional plumber to have it looked at and repaired.
Find the Heating Gasket
The last thing to check when finding the cause of a leak is the heating element gasket. If it is faulty, it could be causing a water leak around your water heater. After you have turned off the power supply, look for the thermostat bracket that is located on top of the heater. This is the area where the heating gasket is. If it looks like it is rusting or corroded, it is time to call in a professional like one from Art Stover Plumbing to get repairs done.