If the hot water heater is leaking, does it need to be replaced?

Answer

Depends on where the leak is. If it is at the pop off valve at the top or the drain valve at the bottom, these are replaceable. If it is at a heating element, a new element might solve the problem. Anywhere else indicates a cracked tank and it will need replacing.

Updated on January 10, 2018

Original Article:

Water Heater Repair: Troubleshoot and Replace Thermostats and Elements
By Dan Harmon
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