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Question DetailsAsked on 7/6/2012

My water heater seems to be leaking. I have a wet patch of carpet in the living room outside the furnace room. I don't have a basement.

I'm wondering if it's an emergency. Do I need to get a new water heater right away. What damage will it cause if I wait?

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If your water heater is leaking, you need to get it fixed right away before it bursts. Maybe not a middle-of-the-night emergency, but if you've had time to post this inquiry, you've already let it go too long.

Water heaters usually have a glass-lined steel tank. If the steel starts to rust, the unit will start to leak. Rusty metal can only get worse, and once the rust gives way to the water pressure inside the tank, the tank could burst, filling your house or apartment with water very quickly.

You need to get this fixed ASAP!

Answered 8 years ago by davidpsr


Not to mention the water damage that the leak is causing, you say that the carpet is wet which will lead means the padding under the carpet is wet and soon the drywall, baseboard, insulation and framing is going to be wet. people need to know that water can cause alot of damage very fast ..get water leaks fixed asap.

Answered 8 years ago by Quality Control Remo


Thank you. I bought a new water heater this morning and they are able to install it today.

Answered 8 years ago by graham_susan


The replacement of the water heater is another issue as that could lead to an extra furnace repair cost with all details considered.


Answered 8 years ago by woodyh

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