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If My Water Heater Is Leaking, Do I Need to Replace It?

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Have you spotted a leak from your water heater and started panicking about the potential damage and cost? Well, take a deep breath. We're here to tell you that not all leaks are a disaster waiting to happen. In fact, some can be fixed with a simple repair job.

What's Leaking From Where?

Let's start by understanding where that pesky water is coming from. Here are the most common culprits:

  1. Pressure Relief Valve Leak: This safety feature keeps the pressure inside your water heater in check. If it's leaking, it could mean the valve is faulty, or there's too much pressure in the tank. The good news is that this kind of leak usually just needs a valve replacement.
  2. Drain Valve Leak: Located at the bottom of your water heater, the drain valve helps empty the tank for maintenance or repairs. If it's the source of the leak, it might be loose or faulty. Again, there’s no need to stress – tightening or replacing the valve should do the trick.
  3. Tank Leak: This issue is more serious. If your tank is leaking, it likely means it's corroded or cracked. Unfortunately, this isn't a quick fix - you'll need to replace your water heater to prevent an even bigger leak from forming.

Repair or Replace? The Verdict

Now that you know where the leak might be coming from, what's next?

If the leak's from the pressure relief or drain valve, you're in luck: a repair will usually solve the problem. A plumber can swap these parts easily, and the rest of your water heater should still be in good shape.

But if the leak is from the tank, it's time for a replacement. Attempting to patch up a tank leak isn't a good idea, as it could lead to even bigger issues down the line when the tank inevitably leaks from somewhere else.

Professional Water Heater Services in Southwest Florida

Stressing over a water heater leak? Don’t worry – Pro-Tec Plumbing & Air has got your back. Our team of licensed pros can quickly diagnose and sort out your water heater troubles, whether you need a repair job or a total replacement.

We know how crucial hot water is in your home, and we'll work fast to restore your supply. So don't let a water heater leak throw a wrench in your day. Contact Pro-Tec Plumbing & Air today at (239) 688-4072 to set up an appointment. We offer comprehensive water heater services, including repairs and replacements. Trust us to keep your water heater in top-notch condition.

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