Water Heater

Water Heater Woes: What to Do If Your Water Heater Is Leaking

Hey there, Cumming residents! At Allen Norris HVAC LLC, we know how crucial a reliable water heater is for your daily comfort. That’s why we’re here to help you tackle one of the most common issues homeowners face: water heater leaks. Let’s dive into what causes these leaks, how to spot them, and when it’s time to call in the pros.

Identifying the Source of the Leak

Bottom Leaks

Leaks at the bottom of the water heater are usually due to sediment buildup. Regularly flushing your tank can help reduce this risk.

Top Leaks

Leaks from the top often come from loose or corroded inlet and outlet connections or a faulty T&P valve.


Sometimes, what looks like a leak is actually just condensation. This happens when cold water meets the warmer tank surface. Proper ventilation can help reduce this.

Internal Leaks

Internal leaks are tricky to spot and are often caused by corrosion or a worn-out anode rod. These usually require a professional assessment.

Steps to Take When Your Water Heater Leaks

Step 1: Turn Off Power

For electric water heaters, flip the breaker in your circuit breaker box. For gas heaters, use the on/off switch or dial on the heater.

Step 2: Turn Off Water Supply

Shut off the cold water supply valve above the heater. This prevents further leakage and potential damage.

Step 3: Determine the Leak’s Location

Identify whether the leak is coming from the drain valve or the tank itself. This helps determine the necessary action.

Step 4: Call the Pros

Water heater leaks can be complex and dangerous. Professional plumbers have the expertise to handle these issues safely and efficiently.

At Allen Norris HVAC LLC, we offer comprehensive water heater repair and replacement services. Our experienced technicians can diagnose and fix leaks, ensuring your home’s hot water supply remains uninterrupted.

Regular Inspections

Regularly inspect your water heater for signs of rust, corrosion, or water puddles around the base. Catching issues early can save you a lot of headaches.

Drain and Clean the Tank

Flushing the tank once or twice a year removes sediment buildup and improves efficiency.

Professional Maintenance

Annual professional maintenance extends your water heater’s lifespan. Our pros can spot issues that might be invisible to you.

Tighten Loose Parts

Regularly check and tighten all fittings and valves to prevent leaks.