Kettle leaking


In many households, the kettle is now standard equipment in a kitchen. Of course, kettles do not last forever and are subject to material wear. What to do if the kettle is leaking, you can read below.

Construction of many kettles

Often kettles consist of several components:

  • water tank
  • Heating rod (open or covered)
  • cover
  • electrical components under the water tank

When does the kettle leak?

If the kettle seems to be leaking, it must first be checked under what conditions it comes to "leakage". Not infrequently, it is the case that the kettle seems to leak only when it is turned on.

Often the kettle is not leaking at all

But it does not necessarily have to be a leaking kettle. Rather, it is often the case that there is too much water in the kettle, which is boiled. Due to the resulting air bubbles, the water then spills over.

So it is important to pay attention to how much the kettle is filled. It may also be the case with a temperature controlled appliance that you may never have heated at maximum temperature and maximum water level and may therefore later discover water around the kettle and suspect a leak.

Lime deposits as a possible cause

It may also be that only the lid of the kettle no longer completely seals, because it came to limescale. Then you can descale the kettle with vinegar.

Check if the kettle is actually leaking

You can also check this by not turning on the kettle, but leaving it filled up overnight. Best place the device on a plate. Then you see the next day immediately, whether even when not in use water leaks. If this is not the case, it is often the mentioned causes.

No own sealing attempts of the kettle as a layman

From a dismantling of the kettle and a sealing attempt by a layman, we strongly advise against. The heating element is nothing more than an electrical resistance, which of course can be necessarily connected to the power supply. By disassembling the kettle, it could only come to a leak, in which the water runs into the electrical area.

There is danger to life

The possible short circuit is likely to be the least problem. It may well be that the device (steel container, wet components) or even the water is under tension. Therefore, you should rather dispose of the kettle, if the repair by a specialist is too expensive in relation.

Tips & Tricks

Of course it can also be that it is a high-priced kettle, then the repair makes sense. Incidentally, here you will learn more about the cost of kettles and how they are usually equipped.


Video Board: My Kenwood Kettle leaking!