When you find your water heater leaking, you probably do what most people do and panic. You likely ask yourself, “What am I going to do now? Water heaters usually leak when they are worn out and need to be replaced. However, there may be an occasion when a water supply fitting is not seated properly and water has found a way to spray out. To know for sure what your particular case is, call Roto-Rooter.
It is possible that the drain-off valve has been turned or too much pressure has built-up in the tank and the pressure release valve is doing its job. However, if your tank is leaking, that most likely means that corrosion has compromised the tank structure and it is time for a new water heater.
There a many choices when you pick your new heater. When most people replace their heater, they choose one that matches the type they are replacing. For example, if their previous heater was a forty-gallon electric model, they might choose to purchase another just like that. Sometimes, available space is an issue when installing a new water heater. If that is the case, you may be limited on what size and type you can install unless you are willing to do some remodeling in your utility room.
When purchasing a new water heater, discuss buying the most efficient kind with your Roto-Rooter specialist. He or she will advise on what type will be the best for the price. The efficiency of the system is an indicator of how well it will work heating your water for the lowest energy consumption possible. The lower the energy use, the lower your costs will be. You might want to do the math and consider how much cost savings you will realize over the years your water heater is in service, versus how much you are paying for the unit. In other words, if you buy an extremely efficient water heater, it might pay for itself in energy cost savings within a very short period of time.
After your new water heater is installed, you will not have to deal with any more leaking problems. Your new system will last for a very long time if it is properly maintained. Be sure to flush your tank every few years to remove sediment and any hard water deposits. It is also advisable to replace your tank anode rode when you flush the water heater.
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