Often, water heater repair requires enlisting the services of a professional plumber—and having that plumber fix the existing unit or install a new one. The scope of this home improvement project, from a plumber’s perspective, is usually simple and without incident. However, when it comes to water heaters, it’s best to err on the side of safety in order to prevent damage and/or injury. After a water heater repair, you should check or monitor these five areas to prevent or minimize potential damage to your home.
Supply Lines and Fittings
A leaking supply line or fitting can cause severe water damage to your home. Although your plumber will verify that no leaks exist before he leaves, it is to your benefit to monitor the connections for several days just to be safe. This is because a faulty supply line or connection can take several days to spring a leak. Over time, even the smallest leaks can cause significant damage when not repaired.
Electric water heater repair often entails replacing one or both of the heating elements. The devices are used to heat the water inside of the tank. Sometimes, after replacing the elements, a leak will develop around the element seal. This allows a small amount of water to escape. This problem occurs most often in older units (whose threads have worn over the years) that prevent a proper seal. If you notice water pooling around the base of the heater after a heating element replacement, you should immediately turn off the power and water supply and contact your plumber.
The temperature pressure relief (or “TPR”) valve is a safety device designed to release water from the tank in the event temperature or water pressure exceeds safety limits. The valve is located on the side or top of the tank. Most often, the valve connects to a discharge tube that runs to the home’s exterior. If you notice running water through the discharge tube (even a small amount) it means the valve is open— and that you could potentially have a serious problem on your hands. If this happens, turn off the power and water supplies to the unit and contact your plumber immediately.
After repair or installation of a new water heater, you should be cautious for a few days. This is especially true after a heating element replacement in an electric water heater. Heating elements use a thermostat setting. The setting allows for temperature adjustment. To avoid the risk of burning yourself, test the water temperature carefully before stepping into the shower. Although uncommon, there have been instances of factory defects in thermostat settings that occur upon the replacement of heating elements.
When you hire a professional plumber for your water heater repair, you’re not likely to experience problems. For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.
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