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What Should I Do If My Water Heater Is Leaking?

Leaks of any size in your plumbing system can add up to big problems. A leak in your water heater is no different than a leak in your pipes. Leaving it unchecked could lead to mold and mildew growth as well as other types of water damage, not to mention the risk of higher energy bills. If you’re noticing that your water heater is leaking, here’s what you need to do.

Of course, if you need immediate help in the Rockford area, contact the team at Axberg by filling out a contact form today.

Step 1 – Find the Source

If you’ve noticed water near your water heater, look to see if you can find the source. The water may not be from the water heater, but it could be from a condensation hose or some other appliance that’s nearby. Put paper towels down near where the water was found, then check regularly to see hewn new water appears. This can help you identify the source of the leak. If it’s not the water heater, address the source of the problem.

Step 2 – Turn off Power and Water

If you determine that the water heater is, in fact, leaking, turn off the power supply to the unit. Then, turn off the water supply. Remember, the water inside the water heater is hot enough to cause serious burns, so make sure it’s not refilling and reheating water while you try to work.

Step 3 – Find and Repair the Leak

Once the power and water are off, find the exact source of the leak. Determine if you can repair it on your own. If so, then repair it.

Step 4 – Call for Help

If you determine that the leak is not something you can fix on your own, or if you try and fail to fix it successfully, then call the professionals at Axberg to schedule a service call. Do not turn the water back on until the leak has been repaired.

Don’t wait—give our team a ring at 815-873-6003 or fill out an online form to learn more about our water heater services!

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