Why is my water heater is leaking?

There are a few reasons why your electric water heater might be leaking. The most common causes are:

  • Failed temperature and pressure relief (T&P) valve: The T&P valve is a safety valve that releases water if the pressure or temperature in the tank gets too high. If the T&P valve fails, it can cause the tank to leak.
  • Cracked or corroded tank: Over time, the tank of your water heater can become corroded or cracked, which can lead to leaks. This is especially common in areas with hard water, as the minerals in the water can speed up corrosion.
  • Loose or faulty connections: The connections to your water heater, such as the pipes and fittings, can also become loose or faulty over time. This can cause the water heater to leak.

If you notice that your electric water heater is leaking, it is important to turn off the water supply to the tank and contact Alvarez right away. We service all makes and models including tankless. Alvarez has been servicing Tampa and the surrounding areas since 1976.

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Alvarez will be able to diagnose the cause of the leak and make the necessary repairs.

Here are some additional tips for preventing leaks from your electric water heater:

  • Inspect your water heater regularly. Look for any signs of corrosion, cracks, or loose connections.
  • Drain your water heater once a year. This will help to remove any sediment that has built up in the tank, which can reduce the risk of corrosion.
  • Have your water heater serviced by a qualified plumber every year. This will help to ensure that the tank is in good condition and that the T&P valve is working properly.

By following these tips, you can help to prevent leaks from your electric water heater and extend the life of your tank.

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