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The 4 Stages of a Water Heater Leak: Repair or Replacement?

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For any of the uninitiated, water heaters can leak. This isn’t something to be ashamed of, and there isn’t a tank water heater in existence that is “leakproof.” They are all theoretically designed to withstand all of these problems and never leak, but different factors can cause a water heater to leak regardless of how it was designed.

This is true for most plumbing appliances, and we like to take a realistic look at the problems that our customers deal with on a regular basis. So, don’t feel bad if your water heater is leaking.

But does that leak require repair or a full hot water heater replacement in Monument? This is the tricky part, and something we’d argue that only a professional water heater team could surmise. Keep reading to learn the four stages of your water heater leak, and when it might be time to call it quits.

Stage One: You’re in the Clear

If you’re reading this blog and are just looking for ways to be proactive, but you don’t actually have a leaking water heater, then congratulations! You’re in the clear.

Water heaters don’t always leak, and sometimes with proper maintenance and prompt repairs you can keep this a reality for the majority of the system’s lifespan. Let this serve as a reminder that if your water heater isn’t leaking, you should still schedule repairs once a year to ensure that it stays this way.

Otherwise, you can go on enjoying your life!

Stage Two: The Pinhole Leak

Pinhole leaks are a specific kind of leak. They’re extremely hard to detect and can often fall under the radar for weeks, months, or even years at a time. They’re called pinhole leaks because they can often be the size of a pinhole, while still allowing water to drip out.

These can be detected if you notice any changes in your water bill or some damp areas in your basement or crawlspace. Pinhole leaks still leak, and over time they can build up quite a charge. So, make sure you inspect your water bills and any of the areas around your water heater for signs of a minuscule leak.

Then, call for repairs if you think the leak exists.

Stage Three: The Visible Leak

The next kind kind of leak which is the most common, is the visible leak. These can be detected either with your eyes, your nose, or your ears. Do you hear dripping coming from your water heater? Perhaps it smells moldy or musty where your water heater is.

These are all signs that there is a leak and only a qualified professional can repair the system and get it back up and running properly. Depending on how bad the leak is, it might even reach the point where it needs a full system replacement, but we can only figure that out after a diagnosis.

Stage Four: The Recurring Leak

If your water heater is constantly leaking, or leaking in large amounts, it’s time to replace the water heater. These systems are designed to work behind the scenes, keeping your water hot and ready for use. If it’s constantly requiring assistance, repairs, or even just making your life difficult, then you might want to consider replacing the unit so that you don’t have to deal with these nuisances anymore.

Contact SoCo Heating and Cooling for comprehensive water heater repairs and replacements. So Cool. So Cozy.

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