4 Telltale Signs Your Water Heater Is Leaking

Few things are more alarming than a leaking water heater. Even minor leaks can be messy and difficult to clean up once they’re discovered. The key to making leaks easier to deal with and easier to clean up after is to know the early warning signs. Here’s what you need to watch for when determining whether your water heater is leaking or is still in good shape.

1. You Notice Moisture Around the Unit
Leaks don’t always start out huge. They can be small enough to create just a hint of moisture near your water heater rather than leading to a puddle on the floor. Inspect your water heater closely. Look at the connections and the area around the unit itself. If you see small drips or notice a buildup of condensation that wasn’t there before, call your water heater repair technician.

2. Your Water Bill Keeps Going Up
Sometimes, leaks aren’t visible, but that doesn’t mean they’re not wreaking havoc in your home. The best way to catch those hard-to-find water leaks is to check your water bill. If you’ve noticed your bill going up each month but haven’t changed your habits enough to justify the increase, you likely have a leak. Keep in mind that an increase in your water bill may not always be due to a water heater leak. Your repair technician will be able to tell you if the leak is at your water heater or somewhere else in your home.

3. Water Pressure Is Low at the Taps
When your water heater is leaking, it’s constantly losing water. This can make it hard for the tank to maintain pressure. Pay attention to the way the water comes out of your hot taps. If the pressure is normal, your water heater is likely in good condition. But if it’s low or inconsistent, you may have a leak on your hands. This won’t resolve on its own. You’ll need to schedule an inspection as soon as possible if you want to restore pressure to your system.

4. You Never Have Enough Hot Water
Active leaks in your water heater force it to run often, but even the most efficient water heaters may have trouble keeping the water in the tank up to temperature. If you’re consistently running out of hot water anytime you shower or wash dishes, you may have a leak somewhere in the system. The sooner you can call your repair technician, the sooner they can make the necessary repairs to get your system up and running like normal. 

Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs
A leak in your water heater may not seem like a big deal, but it can lead to costly repairs and extensive damage if left untreated. If you notice even one of these signs, don’t wait. Contact the team at Denver Water Heaters and let our experienced technicians inspect your system for damage. Once we find the problem, we’ll be able to make the necessary repairs quickly so you can get back to enjoying a reliable source of hot water each day. 
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