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GE Profile Smart Water Heater leaking at top/no hot water

No hot water this morning. Water was overflowing from the top (plumbing) of our water heater. No hot water. Pilot likely doused by cascading water. Why is the water leaking from the top?????

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  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2009

    I have no leaking but I don't have ny hot water either.

  • AL Turcotte May 11, 2010

    Hi, Is it leaking from the copper pipes?

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Hi, has your problem been solve yet? please respond
Thanks

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Could be pressure relife valve as well- you need to tell us where water is comig from exactly in order to solve

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  • 42windowman Nov 11, 2008

    turn off water to unit at any rate

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Leaking from the top as far as I can see looks like its around the relief valve.

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1) For gas: Turn off gas to heater:
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2) For electric: Turn off circuit breaker.
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3) For gas: Copy following link to identify gas control valve thermostat, and troubleshoot by type of gas control.
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I have a GE Profile Water Heater Model #SE40M12AA01.


I recommend safety changes to prevent ruptured water heater and assorted leaks.
135 degree hot water.
Maybe replace TP valve if it is dripping.
Drip pan under water heater with 3/4" drain line to outside.
Expansion tank on incoming cold water line to absorb pressure build-up, and prolong life of tank and plumbing.

Here's why:

1) Yes you can have scalding hot water.

2) I recommend 135 degrees since that will burn the evil right out of ya. And generally kill clothes washing bacteria.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-adjust-water-heater-temperature.html

3) 150 is dangerous and can seriously burn skin in 1.5 seconds. Not safe around children and elderly.

4) Temperature settings on electric water heater are approximate, since thermostats are calibrated approximately, and read temperature through tank wall.

5) Also if you want to increase amount of hot water for high-consumption household, then setting tank temperature upward is one solution since more cold water is mixed with hot, so amount of hot inside tank goes further.

6) High temperature can cause TP valve to release water.
TP valve is pressure-temperature safety valve. Do NOT cap off.
Rating should be 125 psi and 180 degrees ... but all things water heater are approximate, and TP valves need replacement now and then.
It is not recommended by water heater manufactures to use 150 psi TP valve when water heater came with 125 psi. Rating shows in small print on end of TP. New TP valves sold at local hardware. Let tank cool before installing new one.

7) Higher temperature and high pressure can rupture tank.
Pressure over 80 psi shortens life of water heaters and plumbing fixtures. Put BTG100 pressure gauge on water heater drain valve to check pressure.

8) You need a drip pan with 3/4" drain line to outdoors, or to drain vent line, to prevent flood caused by ruptured water heater.
Turn water heater off when going on vacation.
Inspect water heater each 6 months.
Drip pan available at local home center or hardware:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html#drip

9) Heated water expands and puts pressure on tank and pipes.
Water does not compress... so when water gets hotter it expands against tank wall and against pipes.
Especially in closed system (check valve present) when system is without expansion tank.
Expansion tank is installed on incoming cold water line.
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html#expansion

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How do i install a pressure tank to my water heater?


Do you mean expansion tank? To relieve pressure?
Expansion tank goes on cold water line before cold enters tank.
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Expansion tanks are installed when TP valve is constantly drizzling hot water due to very hot temperature settings. Or when water pressure is high, etc
It's also smart to install expansion tank so plumbing lasts longer, and older tank is less likely to rupture and cause damage. Inspect tank for leaks each 6 months.
Some regions require expansion tank by local code.
Water heater can be damaged when pressure exceeds 80psi. : Test pressure using pressure gauge at water heater drain valve.

Other resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-adjust-temperature-on-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/BTG-100-Pressure-gauge.jpg

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Question is unclear.
What is a vacuum valve?
You posted under electric water heater.
Water heaters are associated with TP or 'safety overflow' valve, water shut-off valve, tank drain valve, pressure-regulating valve, mixing valve and possibly a few other plumbing valves.
Vacuum valve implies that a compressor is creating pressure on one line while creating vacuum on another line. I don't know of a water heater that uses air compressor.
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Water seems to be leaking from the top lid of my ge water heater


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RJ

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I have a GE hot water heater, SE40M12AA01, dual element w/'smart lights'. 7 days ago a licemsed plumber replaced the lower heating elemnet. Today after having no hot water I checked the breaker, &...


1) You posted under Rheem-GE electric water heater.
If upper element is burned out, then water heater will not heat any water.
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2) Replace upper element:
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3) Open following link for complete troubleshoot:
This troubleshoot assumes you have standard thermostats and elements.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

4) Manuals and links. I do not see 'smart lights' in the manual.
http://products.geappliances.com/ApplProducts/html/GEAResults.htm#Category=Standard_Water_Heaters
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