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I have a Rheem PG50T9A hot water heater that is leaking. It seems to be spraying water from the vent tube in the heater. I shut the gas and water off and am now dealing with the damage done to my kitchen ceiling. Any ideas on what may have happened?

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Tank rusted out because anode rod depleted because water heater was not maintained according to product manual, and industry standard and water heater was not inspected each 6 months by homeowner.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-maintain-water-heater.html

Rheem makes GE heaters.
Look at label for serial number. 3rd and 4th digit are year of manufacture.

Since this model is no longer manufactured, I suspect that 6-year warranty is expired. So ruptured tank is not covered.
Call homeowner's insurance for deductible coverage for ruptured water damage.

Buy new heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Which-is-best-gas-water-heater.pdf

Install gas water heater yourself:
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SOURCE: Rheem power vent 2 water heater keeps shutting off

you need to replace the upper thermostat, it has the overtemp switch made to it. Also make sure that the thermostat is pushed up tight to the tank with no space or object between them.

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SOURCE: rheem power vent motor doesn't shut off

There could be blockage in your water heaters venting on the outside of the home. It sound like the high limit switch has been tripped. Try unplugging the tank and plugging it back in. this will reset the tank. if the problem persists you will want to call your provider for service.

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SOURCE: I have a Rheem PG50T9A

Hopefully just the thermocouple. The thermocouple is the small rod right next to the pilot light. The flame on the pilot heats up the thermocouple and keeps the gas valve on. You can replace it yourself. The thermocouple will be connect by a small nut on the underneath side of the valve, and you will have to pull the thermocouple out of the pilot assembly. Not an expensive part, you can get it at any hardware store. Hope this helps you .

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Make sure water is not coming up from under tank top, indicating tank leak requiring tank replacement.
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If flame is yellowish and small: then clean pilot tube and combustion parts.
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Hopefully just the thermocouple. The thermocouple is the small rod right next to the pilot light. The flame on the pilot heats up the thermocouple and keeps the gas valve on. You can replace it yourself. The thermocouple will be connect by a small nut on the underneath side of the valve, and you will have to pull the thermocouple out of the pilot assembly. Not an expensive part, you can get it at any hardware store. Hope this helps you .

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I have a Rheem 40 gal. tank that is leaking water front the top where the vent stack is. It is pouring out. Can it be repaired?


A leaking water heater cannot be repaired, assuming it's the tank leaking and not nearby water pipe.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-leaking.html

First thing is to protect your property from catastrophic tank failure where tank ruptures and water runs until it is shut off:
Tanks are under pressure when they are hot.
Close cold water shut-off located above tank.
Turn control knob to 'pilot' so pilot is lit but burner will not turn on.
Open hot side on tub for few moments to relieve tank pressure.

Now your property is safe.
You need a new water heater.
In mean time, gas water heater makes 41 gallons hot water per hour.
Shower used 5-9 gallons hot water.
Bath uses 10-15 gallons hot water.
You can turn on water heater for short stretches and limp by until you get a new heater.

Steps for installing gas water heater:
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Rheem power vent motor doesn't shut off


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