4 Signs Your Water Heater May Have A Leak
If your water heater is located in your garage, basement, or cabinet, it can be easy to not notice when a small leak develops. There is one obvious sign and a few non-obvious signs that your water heater is leaking.
Puddle of Water
One of the most obvious signs that your water heater is leaking is a puddle of water around your water heater. There is no reason for there to ever be a puddle of water around your water heater. Water should stay inside of your water heater, no matter what happens, when your water heater is functioning properly. If you notice water around your water heater, then it is time to call in a professional water heater repair service.
Low Water Pressure
When you turn on your faucet or use your appliances, you are accustomed to a certain level of water pressure. If you start to notice that your water pressure is lower whenever you are using the hot water, no matter the sink or appliance around your home, that is a strong sign that something is wrong with your hot water heater.
If the lower pressure is contained to a certain faucet or appliance, then that is a sign that you may have a leak in the supply line to that particular appliance. All-over lower pressure related to the use of hot water though is generally a sign that something is wrong with your hot water heater.
If you notice a sound of dripping water around your home, but you can't find any faucets that are dripping water, and you have checked your visible water lines, you need to check your water heater.
If your water heater is leaking, there is a good chance that it is making an auditory sound that you will be able to hear, so if you can't find the source of dripping water near your faucets, it is time to check on your water heater.
Running Water Meter
Another sign that your water heater is leaking water is a water meter that is running when you know you are not using any water in your home. If you have a water meter that you can see, check it from time to time when you know that no water is being used in your home. If your water meter is showing that water is being used in your home when you know you are not using any water, that is a good sign of a leak.
Also, keep an eye on your water bill. If your water bill shoots up when you know you have not made any changes to how you consume water, your water heater or something else in your home is probably leaking water.
If your water heater is leaking, you need to call a residential plumber to come and look at your water heater. They will be able to figure out why your water heater is leaking and will be able to advise you if it is worth fixing your water heater, or if you would be better of replacing your water heater.