Electrically powered products need constant maintenance. They are likely to show problems after months or years of usage. The same applies to the electrical water heater present in our bathrooms. A very common issue with this device is when the tank starts to leak from the bottom. This might end up in a blown fuse, connecting pipes breakage, burning odor emanating  from electrical wires or even electric shock. 

In this situation, you need a licensed plumber to perform your water heater repairs. You need to know the reason behind the leakage in order to resolve this problem, and that is why it is best to get professional help. The task requires ample knowledge and sufficient proficiency in order to avoid further damage to the heater.

5 Ways To Repair A Leaking Water Heater:

In this blog, we have listed down some methods you can use to fix your water heater. If you find that you are unable to control the leakage even after applying these techniques, there is a high chance that there is a different reason for leakage.

  • Remove Salt Sediments From The Tanker:

If you are using hard water for cleaning and bathing, it can build residue at the bottom of the heater. The rusting of the body of the heater starts corroding the metal from the bottom, which results in the leaks.

That is why, it is recommended to switch to soft water to avoid sedimentation in the tank. If you do not have this alternative, then try cleaning your tank every few months to avoid the build-up of salt content. 

  • Maintain Water Pressure:

A high water pressure can result in an overflowing tank. The excess water finds its way through the pressure relief valve present at the top of the water heater. Some of these devices are also equipped with a small tube that you can use to release the water from the side of the tank. As the heater releases water from the pressure relief valve, the liquid travels downward, making it look like the water is leaking from the bottom. 

If that is the reason for leakage, contact the electrician that installed your water heater, and ask them to take care of this issue. They will conserve the water pressure at a uniform rate by applying relevant adjustments. 

  • Regular Check-Up Of Drain Valve:

A drain valve helps to remove water from the tank in case you want it empty for repair or for relocating purposes. It is located at the button of the tank and should be close at all times unless you are ready for some serious water oozing. 

However, this drain valve can become damaged or become loose due to constant heater vibrations. This results in the leaking of water from the bottom of the heater. Perform regular checkups of this valve to protect it from getting damaged or loose. If the valve is broken, find a replacement for it from the company that supplied you with the heater. 

  • Prevent Anode Rusting:

An anode rod is present in every heater so that it can absorb all the rusting molecules from the water. When it works continuously for a long time, the rod gets rusted itself. Therefore, it is essential to get your anode replaced before it gets completely oxidized. If it is not regularly checked, the rusted anode might end up corroding the inside of the tank, causing water to leak.

Here are some things you can do to fix your leaking heater. If you need help with the replacement of the anode rod or drain valves, get in touch with Abacus Homes. You can also ask us to perform a water heater replacement in your Dubai home in case the heater is completely damaged. Call us today to book our services!


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