Water heaters that include a water tank often leak, and homeowners find that it’s a minor issue in most cases. However, if you have a tankless water heater, it’s unusual to experience any leaks. Let’s go through the possible causes of a tankless heater leak, and what to do to solve or prevent it.
Causes of Leaks in Tankless Water Heaters
There are several reasons for a leak in your tankless water heater, and knowing exactly the culprit will help you manage the problem efficiently:
- The PH level of your water: if your water is too acidic or too alkaline, your water heater can suffer. If you connect the heater leaks with other signs of hard water or acidic water, simply order a water test at home.
- High water pressure: water heaters work better on low water pressure. When your tankless heater is installed, it’s important to adjust the flow rate at about 5 GPM with a pressure system of 30 PSI.
- The relief valve is broken or missing: believe it or not, sometimes your water heater’s installation kit doesn’t come with a very important piece – the relief valve. It’s located on the hot water outlet, if it’s missing or damaged you can replace it.
- Problems with the venting: one of the most common causes of leakage in tankless heaters is improper venting. You need to prevent condensation from forming inside the heater by venting the system properly.
Whether you have any experience doing house repairs or not, it’s important to call a plumber when it comes to water heaters, because they are such an important system in your home.
Use Drain Pans to Avoid Structural Damage
Whether you are having leaks already or you want to be cautious and prepare for the worse, installing drain pans is a very wise idea. These are easy to install underneath your water heater and they will collect any water that might be leaking, preventing structural damage that can get very expensive.
How to Prevent Leaks in Your Tankless Water Heater
As you can see, there are several causes for a leaking water heater. Preventing such problems includes choosing an experienced company to install the heater, to have it checked regularly, and react to any sign of problems by calling a plumber for a check-up.
If you think your water heater needs maintenance or if you already noticed leaks, call Anytime Plumbing. We high-quality quality plumbing services in all of Santa Cruz County, and we have the expertise and experience to deal with tankless water heaters and get rid of those leaks for you. We also provide an emergency plumbing service and can assist you regardless of the time and day.
Contact us and ask for an estimate or schedule service now.