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What Should I Do If My Water Heater Is Leaking?

What Should I Do If My Water Heater Is Leaking?

Common home improvements often require an expert's touch.

Home improvements should be left to areas of your home where mistakes won't come with big risks. Painting a wall with a textured brush is an excellent choice. Replacing a water heater using natural gas? If you're worried your equipment is failing or need repairs, it might be best to call the professionals.

Take these steps if your water heater is leaking:

  1. Turn off the power. If you're dealing with a unit that burns natural gas, switch it to "pilot" or shut off the electricity to the unit at the electric panel.
  2. Shut off the water supply to your unit. Find the cold water intake on your water heater and turn the supply to the "off" position. If your water heater is failing, you want to do whatever possible to avoid a major flood.
  3. Take a bath. Using hot water will help lower the amount of water in the tank, leading to less mess if the system is failing. So, call a professional, and do the dishes, wash some laundry or take a shower while you wait.

While you're having your unit serviced, talk to your HVAC specialist about converting to a tankless, on-demand water heater. These units don't pose anywhere near the risks associated with traditional water heaters, and they're capable of providing endless streams of hot water whenever it's needed.

Contact Fogel Services to discover the latest home improvements capable of increasing your comfort and lowering your bills. Visit us online or call 843-832-8976 to schedule upgrades in Dorchester, Charleston or Berkeley counties.