Water Heater: Water in the drain pan
When you see water in the water heater drain pan, check for leaks at the water pipe fittings. Tighten the water pipe connections if necessary. Check the drain valve and temperature-pressure relief valve for leaks. Replace the drain valve or relief valve if they leak.
For an electric water heater, check the heating elements for leaks when you see the water heater drain pan full of water. Tighten an element if it's loose. Replace a heating element if damaged.
A cracked or broken tank will cause water to leak into the water heater drain pan. Don't attempt to repair a leak in the tank. Instead, replace the water heater if the tank leaks.
Replace the water heater drain valve
The drain valve threads into the bottom side of the tank and is opened to drain and flush out sediment from inside the tank. Replace the drain valve if it leaks or won't open to drain the tank.
Replace the water heater temperature-pressure relief valve
The temperature-pressure (T&P) relief valve is a safety device that automatically opens to discharge hot water in the event of excessive temperature and/or pressure inside the tank. Replace the T&P valve if it leaks or malfunctions.
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