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The Savannah Homeowner’s Guide to Water Heater Problems

Not every hot water heater problem will mean that you need to replace the unit, but some can be very dangerous.  So, it’s worthwhile for every lay person to have at least some idea about how to recognize a potentially dangerous problem with a water heater and more minor problems.  At Henry Plumbing we also believe that an educated consumer is our best customer.  Here are some guidelines for understanding what is happening with your water heater when something is not going right.

Finding a Leak in Your Water Heater

If your water heater is leaking it’s not necessarily a dangerous or even a very costly problem.  It really depends where the leak is coming from.  The general rule is that a water heater does not need to be replaced unless the leaks is coming from the the temperature and pressure relief valve (TVP valve).  Most other problems can be fixed by a professional plumber in a few hours.  Keep in mind though, this is a general rule, and there can be exceptions.  When it comes to your water heater, it’s always best to call an expert.

Regular Care for Your Water Heater

Your water heater should be checked by a professional plumber every five years to make sure everything is working correctly.  The relief valve (TVP valve) should be replaced every five years.  

We don’t want to scare anyone here, but water heaters can explode and do explode.  According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (, 19 people died in the US in 2000 from water heater explosions (  They did not list more recent statistics, however they did mention that both tankless and conventional water heaters have exploded in the US in the past.  

Installing Your Hot Water Heater

We cannot overemphasize the importance of proper installation for your tankless water heater or conventional water heater. There are lots of ways to purchase a hot water heater today, and lots of people who will install them.  Make sure that your water heater is installed by a professional plumber with a long list of references and positive reviews.

When in Doubt Call a Plumber

If you have any concerns about your water heater, call Henry Plumbing 912-352-9827.  We are always happy to help.

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