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Reliance gas water heater 40 capicity, has a leak on the top

Our water heater is leaking from the top of the unit. water stands around the fierxtures at the top and as i press or touch the cover of the top water spurts out or comes out as i touch. the serial number is k99223771 Reliance 602 Gas

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  • marcus brown Jan 05, 2009

    water leaks out of the top spurts is maybe a lil overstating. water seems to come from around both hot and cold fixtures,but can't really tell untless i take off the cover.

  • Joe Neff May 11, 2010

    WERE DOES THE WATER SPURT FROM WHEN YOU PUSH.....jOE

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Most likely only one of the pipes is leaking but weaping enough to cover the top and indented places near both inlet and outlet. This leak has most likely penetrated all the insulation and is a problem throughout the tank wrap insulation...If you are able to blow air continuously long enough to determine which connection is leaking then fix it. It will likely to take quite a while to dry out all the insulation if the water has migrated down into the tank wrap... If you determine that the insulation is waterlogged, you may be able to drill several small holes in the external cover.
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Open following link to identify source of leak, and possiblesteps to repair or replace.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

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