How to Fix a Leaking Water Heater

 Water heater leaks shouldn’t be taken lightly, and should be assessed as quickly as possible. Even the smallest leak can cause mold or mildew damage, which can be quite hazardous to your health. Even the EPA suggests that any leaks that could lead to mold damage should be treated ASAP to prevent the risk of developing any major health problems.

On top of everything else, water heaters aren’t cheap to replace, so identifying what could be causing a leak is imperative to making sure you can fix the one you have now. In this article, I would like to talk about the ways to determine what could be causing a leak, so you can get the bottom of things and get the show back on the road again.

1.) Find the Leak, Keeping Your Safety in Mind

Keep in mind that a leaking water heater around electricity can pose a dangerous situation. For optimal safety, turn off the electricity to the water heater on your circuit breaker, and turn off the water while you are at it.

The next step includes draining your water heater of all it’s water. Use a bucket or similar object to empty the water from the hot water tap, to ensure that you won’t get scalded during the fixing process.

2.) Identify the Problem Causing the Leak

Water heater leaks can be caused by many different problems, but some of the most common include:

#1. Heating Element Leak – This is the last problem you want to have because it unfortunately means you will need a new unit completely, as the heating element is one of the most important and it’s the one not working.

#2. Plumbing Connection Leak – By plumbing connection, I mean the place on your water heater where your inlet and outlet pipes meet the unit itself. These components being lose can cause a leak, and simply tightening or replacing them can fix the problem all together.

#3. Storage Tank Leaking – Storage tank leaking can cause corrosion, which can mean a new unit all together. Check the entire unit for holes of all sizes and if you come across any at all, you unfortunately will be looking into a new unit.

#4. Excessive Pressure or Overheating – Excessive pressure from your unit can cause a leak, which can easily be addressed by lowering the temperature on your unit.

#5. Fault in Pressure or Temperature Relief Valve – A fault in pressure could be present thanks to a presence of debris, which can easily be cleaned out. The clogged debris may be causing a build up of pressure. Simply place a bucket underneath the overflow pipe and open up the T & P pipe to catch the debris.

3.) Complete Your Inspection Before Replacing

This may seem like common sense, but it’s best to make sure you have performed a thorough assessment before deciding that you need a new water heater.

If you aren’t 100% sure about your assessment, give a professional a call, as they may be your best option for saving money. After all, water heaters are expensive, and hiring a plumbing professional could actually end up saving you money in the end.

 

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3 Helpful Tips for Fixing a Leaking Water Heater

When your water heater is leaking, it’s best to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible to avoid your home and belongings from becoming damaged, not to mention, to eliminate mold from producing. Even the smallest of leaks can cause a large amount of damage to your floors, walls, and any other objects that are in the water’s path, and can lead to mold or mildew formation.

According to the EPA, all homes with even the slightest water leak should be treated near immediately to avoid mold and other toxins that could be highly damaging to health.

Now that you know why it’s so important to repair a leaky water heater, this article with provide you with the necessary tips to get the problem fixed as fast as possible.

#1. Always Consider Your Safety

Water + the electricity that helps power your water heater is a dangerous combination, and one that you should keep in mind any time you are near the area. To make sure you are almost completely safe, turn off the water to the water heater via your circuit breaker or fuse. While you are at it, turn off the water before beginning your repairs.

But you aren’t quite done yet. One of the most important parts of your safety is to remain clear of the scalding hot water during the fix. After you have found your leak, remove the water from the unit using a bucket or other container.

#2. Find What is Causing the Leak

Typical leaks in water heaters can be caused by a range of factors, and targeting which one is causing the problem with allow you to find the most optimal fix.

1.) Storage Tank Leaking : Many times, storage tank leaking can be a result of corrosion. Begin looking for holes of any size in any location on the unit. If you notice any size hole at all, you will need to replace your unit all together.

2.) Plumbing Connection Leak : Examine the parts of your water heater where any inlet or outlet pipes connect to the water heater. These connections could simply just need to be tightened with a wrench or replaced, just make sure to not over-tighten them.

3.) Heating Element Leak : A leak in your heating element unfortunately means that you are going to need to look into a new unit all together.

4.) Fault in Pressure and Temperature Relief Valve : Sometimes, your T & P valves need to be flushed of debris to handle the problem. Make sure there is always a bucket underneath the valve to catch the debris. If water continues to leak after this, your water heater will need to be replaced.

5.) Excessive Pressure or Overheating of the Temperature Relief Valve : Excessive pressure can lead to water leakage if it is opened up continuously. This can easily be taken care of by adjusting the temperature on the thermostat. Lower water heat causes the T & P to not have to open as much to relieve pressure, which fixes the leakage.

#3. Inspect Before Making Any Replacements 

Water heaters don’t come cheap, so making sure you have done a full inspection is quite crucial, and could cost you much less money in the long run.

If you don’t feel like you can take care of the entire problem on your own, it’s always recommended to seek help from a professional, and get some ideas from them about your options.

How to Clean a Burnt Microwave Oven

Sometimes during cooking meals, food can get overdone to the point of burning, causing a distinct odor and even stains in your microwave oven. These stains and smells can be difficult to remove and if not taken care of completely, can be left behind and linger.

The best way to address these stains and odors is to tackle them as quickly as possible and at the source. This article will show you how to take care of each.

Removing Microwave Stains

For the most effective stain removal, take the glass tray and any racks out of your microwave or microwave oven. To remove burn spots in the appliance, coat it with a thin layer of nail polish remover, followed by a rinse with a clean and damp cloth.

Spray the inside of the microwave with a plant based, all purpose cleaner, and let the solution sit for 3 minutes, and make sure you don’t forget the door. Then wipe off the cleaner with with a damp, fresh cloth. For any remaining burn stains, scrub them with a solution that is safe for non-stick pans and rinse with a wet paper towel.

Eliminating the Burnt Smell

Believe it or not, there are more than a few ways to remove that annoying burnt smell from a microwave or microwave oven. Here are some of the most effective ways to do so. Heat up any of the following  concoctions for about 3 minutes, then allow them to sit in the microwave for 5 minutes. Discard after use.

  • Heat 1/2 cup of coffee
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of lemon juice

Or you can simply put a box of baking soda in your microwave and let it sit overnight and remove it in the morning.

Hopefully this article will be most helpful with removing unwanted burn stains and odors from your microwave so you can get cooking again in no time.

How to Find the Best Home Repair Services in Your Town

Finding the best appliance repair service can be easy if you know the best qualities to look for in one of the companies near you. The value of your home can be expensive to upkeep over the years, which is why it’s important to find a qualified professional at an affordable rate that more importantly, you can trust.

Here are 4 recommended ways to find a service you can trust.

1.) Check Out The Company’s Reviews

There are TONS of websites and directories that are specifically dedicated to users leaving reviews about their experiences with businesses in their area; Think Yelp, Foursquare, Angie’s List, Home Advisor, and now even Facebook has an option for reviews. That means you can find all kinds of information and opinions about a business before even having to call them, which can be good for not wasting your money on a bad service.

2.) Ask Loved Ones For Referrals

We all have friends and family members that use local home repair services every once in a while, so you can always get recommendations from them. Facebook makes this easier than ever, as you can just ask them from your status bar.

3.) Call the Best Looking Companies Around Your Town

One sure fire way to know how a company may treat you and of course to get a quote, is to make phone calls to the best businesses in the area, which you can easily determine on the review sites that were discussed above. You can tell a lot about the employees of a company by the way they treat you on the phone, and whether or not they are okay being asked questions.

4.) See If/How They Are Being Talked About On Social Media

This has slightly been mentioned above, but social media is a great way to learn what you want to know about a business in advance. Yelp and Facebook seem to be some of the most popular review sites, and can usually provide ample information about a company.

What To Look for in a Appliance Repair Service

There are many times that appliance repair services are needed to address a problem. Some appliance repairs can be too complicated or even dangerous to do on your own so in this instance, your best best is to call a professional appliance repair service.

Broken down appliances can be a big inconvenience so getting them fixed quickly and diligently is a must for some people. Your appliances are a large investment though so you want to find a professional service that will treat your property with care and respect and get the job done right the first time. As an appliance repairman that has years of experience with repairs of all types, I know what people like to experience when having one of their appliances repaired. That is the topic we will be going over in this post today.

What to Look for in a Professional Appliance Repair Service

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There are many different places where consumers can leave reviews about the products or services they use, which other consumers sometimes use to make an informed decision about a company. Look for reviews on Angie’s List, Yelp, Manta, Google, and Facebook as these are the most popular places people tend to leave reviews. These reviews can make all the difference in the quality of service you receive.

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Tutorial: How to Fix a Leaky Water Heater

Water heaters are great assets to our homes but when they become broken, it can cause a great dent in our wallets. Just because your water heater is leaking though, doesn’t mean you will always need a new one.

In this article, we would like to help you identify the different types of problems that can cause water heaters to leak, and inform you of the best ways to go about addressing them. If you don’t feel comfortable assessing these problems yourself, it may be a better option to contact a professional.

When your water heater is leaking, it’s important to address the problem as quickly as possible to prevent the possibility of mold or mildew formation, which can be harmful to your health.

 

#1.) Safety First

Before beginning, it’s best to turn off the electricity and water to your unit to ensure that you won’t get hurt in any way. Water leaking around an electrical unit is obviously quite dangerous, and all precautionary measures should be taken to protect yourself from electrocution, shock, and scalding from the hot water.

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[Tutorial] Cleaning a Room Air Conditioner

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Did you know that your air conditioner works best when the cooling fins and evaporator are straightened out and cleaned. Over time, these can become dirty and dusty, making it harder for your air conditioning unit to keep the room cool. This can continue to cost you money over time because the problem will only get worse, so do yourself a favor now by performing a quick and easy clean.

Most of the time when you feel warm air blowing from your air conditioner, you may shoot straight to thinking that it’s out of coolant. While this can be true, the majority of times your components are just dirty or clogged.

Before calling an appliance repair professional or thinking of buying a new unit, try performing a good clean to see if the problem can be treated. This cleaning procedure can be done yourself for much cheaper than hiring a pro, and will only cost you a little in time.

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