When you notice water leaking on or around your water heater, it doesn't always mean you need to replace your water heater. Water can leak from a number of locations; Two of the biggest culprits are the cold water inlet, hot water outlet.
Leaking at the Water Supply Lines:
Check the pipes above the water heater, paying special attention to the water supply lines running to the water heater. The cold water inlet and hot water outlet pipe connectors and fittings are typically located on the top of the water heater.
Many times a loose or corroded connection can cause issues. Over time, these water lines can show signs of corrosion or begin to leak.
If the leak is minor, you may be able to tighten the loose pipe fittings with a pipe wrench. If tightening the valves and fittings doesn't stop the leaking, it may be time to replace the supply line hoses.
It's a good idea to replace both the hot and cold supply lines hoses at the same time. Use the flexible water lines found in water heater installation kits like our Hippohose push to connect system. You won't need glue, soldering or any special tools to install. You simply push our connection over the pipe for a water tight seal in seconds.
Replacing the cold and hot water outlet lines every couple years as routine maintenance can help extend the life of your water heater.
If you find a significant leak coming from the supply lines, it may be best to contact a professional plumber.