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Little Gourmet Hot water tank leaks out small hole in tank bottom

I would like to know the CAUSE (and the cure) of water leaking out of the small (1/4 inch) hole in the bottom of the steel tank; because no water will emerge from the faucet now

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    leak from my 3 year old Little Gourmet hot water tank

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This is a condensate line and suprising enough most of the plumbers I go back after never hook them up they should have a hose off of them and led to a discharge area, if this is actually on the tank you will need to drain it and remove it and reseal it,

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