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The average water heater repair cost is $147 and can cost upwards of $230. Knowing how to recognize leaks and preventing further damage can save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs. Take these tips and create a more manageable situation for your leak detection professional.

How to identify water heater leaking:

There are a lot of different pipes and water sources around your water heater, so it is important to be sure that your water heater is the actual source of the leak. To do this, first check the water heater closely for obvious signs of leakage. Be sure to inspect all of the fittings that are connected to the water heater. If you see water coming out of any of these areas – you definitely have a water heater leaking issue. If nothing is found to be leaking directly connected to the water heater, check around it, paying close attention to the water pipes located above the water heater. If nothing is found except for a curious puddle, check back again in a few days to see if it is still there, if it isn’t, it was probably nothing to be worried about.

How to fix water heater leaking:

But if you do find a leak, here’s what to do about it.

First, you want to turn off the power to that is connected to your water heater. If you have an electric water heater all you have to do is switch off the breaker on your circuit breaker box that is for the water heater. If you have a gas water heater, it will have a switch or a dial located directly on it. Next, you want to turn off the water supply by shutting off the cold water shut-off valve.

Last, but not least, call a professional plumber for repair or replacement of your water heater.

NOTE: Be very careful when dealing with your water heater leaking, the water is hot enough to burn you if it makes contact with your skin.