How to Fix a Hot Water Tank That Runs Constantly

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Whether it's the refrigerator, the air conditioning or the hot water heater, there are sounds around the house that we choose to ignore on a daily basis. But any time one of those sounds is continuous, something is probably wrong. If it's the hot water heater, it's likely there is a leak, and not dealing with it quickly can result in even more damage and more money leaving your wallet.

  • Check around the hot water heater for water on the floor. If there is a leak, you may be able to fix the problem yourself. If there is not leak, contact a professional before whatever damage is causing the problem gets too serious.

  • Find the temperature pressure relief valve at the top of the hot water heater, near the water outlet joint. Look for a horizontal lever. If you can spot the leak coming from that area, tighten the valve. If tightening the valve does not stop it from leaking, contact a professional to have the valve replaced.

  • Check pipes coming from the hot water heater. They may also be leaking. If you see a leak, take a wrench and tighten the pipe fitting. If the leak continues, you may need new pipe fitting. Leaking may also have come from a broken gasket, so check everywhere around the heater to see where the water originated.

Tips & Warnings

  • Turn off the power running to the hot water heater before any pipes or gaskets get replaced.
  • Don't try to replace a pipe or a gasket unless you are sure that you know what you're doing. Leave it to the professionals.
  • When using a wrench to tighten a pipe, make sure to not tighten it so hard that it causes damage to the pipe.

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