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The area around the gas water heater is leaking water. I have a hot water but I see water coming through my attic floor into my garage ceiling. My heater is in the walk-in attic. Please help I am unemployed. Thank you!

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Probably bad news if steel tank is leaking.

1) Copy following link for do-it-yourself troubleshoot walk-thru:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

2) Drain tank and set in a drip pan with drain line to outdoors.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Water-heater-drip-pan-2.jpg
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-will-not-drain.html

3) If tank ruptures, it will flood home

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ok here is how a heater works - there is a high setting cut out and a low settin cut out. The cycle is as follows. The water heater first heats to a preset temperature , say 120 degress. You draw water and the temp in the tank drops to say 90 degrees at which point it fires again- sensing that if it doesn't you will run out of water.I think that this setting has been set too low to say 75 degrees and you get cooler water because the heater cannot catch up. You must find this control in book at set the differential to twenty degress.This will stop you from running out of hot water.Just for the record less reputable companies will do this on purpose over a coulpe visits adn tell you the heater is failing and must be replaced. Get a book. In the mean time I need your model # so I can find this setting for you.Wait to hear from you. Allen

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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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If the water heater is working fine than I would not worry about the function of the water heater. What the problem may be is that some of your WATER LINES HAVE MOVED, AS THEY WERE NOT SECURED PROPERLY. The sound you may have heard was the Copper or PVC(Plastic) lines just getting back comfortable. I Suggest checking that your water lines are secured about every 3 or 4 feet with the proper ancjhor....Metal for metal pipe, copper for copper pipe, etc. Sometime as in my house, pipes are run through a hole drilled through a stud or a piece of wood, usually when hot water is run through this pipe. You can here an expansion of the water line interacting with the pipe expanding, if the hole in the wood was not drilled big enough......Experience of remodeling a very old house.......Joe

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Hi Jan:
Really interesting............
A puzzle I've never encountered before.
I'm a retired Contractor and Building and Plumbing Inspector so can offer an answer based on experience.
- In hot weather, attics get REALLY hot.
- An attic is an unusual location for a hot water tank.
- A thermostat senses the temperature of the water in the tank and determines when it needs to be heated.
- I would be suspicious that in your installation, the temperature in your attic is higher than the "high limit" for your water heater.
To phrase it another way, since the attic temperature is really high, and the tank thermostat is in the attic, it "thinks" that the water is already at the required temperature.
The only real "fix" that I could suggest would be to locate the hot water tank in the moderated temperature area of the dwelling.
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I would appreciate your letting me know by comment to this post if that is the problem.
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I have a bosch 13p and the pilot light keeps going out I don't know if is the thermocouple or not as it stays alight for hours then dies. It is in a sheltered area and i have checked for blockage.


Get more air to the unit.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Bosch_Ventilating_tight_houses.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Attic-Ventilation-and-Pilot-Outage-in-Gas%20Water-Heaters.pdf
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Trim back trees, and move stuff away from front of water heater and from around vent pipe.
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2 major leak areas. The first is theT&P valve. If it is leaking, you may be having problems keeping the heater hot enough for your hot water needs. Would need additional symtom(s).

If problem is water on the floor, it would be smart to purchase a new heater. Your water bill will be going higher as long as the leak is not dealt with. You will also be paying more for your natural gas because the heater will be running longer.

If your heater is 15 - 20 years old, i would definately buy a new one. We can help if you send model # and brand name.

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Copy following link for troubleshooting leaking water heater.
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Propane is heavier and air, and this type gas water heater should not be installed in basement (below grade) since gas leak can fill basement with explosive gas.
Water leak does not cause gas leak, so water leak is separate problem.
Recommended for propane safety: install gas detector close to floor near gas water heater
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1) Get more air to the water heater and see if problem continues.
2) Read the following pdf-s for things that might apply to your situation.
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http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Attic-Ventilation-and-Pilot-Outage-in-Gas%20Water-Heaters.pdf
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3) Read pdfs above first, and then Add a comment with missing information below, for possible do-it-yourself help.
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Is gas valve electronic? Or does gas valve have a dial?
If gas valve is electronic, have you checked outlet with circuit analyzer?
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Plumber is right.
Problem is not amount of air in attic. Problem is how hot the air is.
Oxygen molecules separate apart in very hot air and pilot light goes out since there is not enough oxygen density to support combustion.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Water-heater-in-attic-800.jpg
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Attic-Ventilation-and-Pilot-Outage-in-Gas%20Water-Heaters.pdf

More ventilation is needed.
Plumber is not ventilating expert, and not responsible for attic ventilation that builder failed to install. Plumber should do a survey of location before installation to make sure gasoline vapors are not stored nearby, but summer attic ventilation is gray area until more general-public folks become aware of problem. Hotter summers temperatures will spread that information.

Hire local home center to install roof vents AND soffit vents.
Note: You also need soffit vents.
Remember a vent on the roof is like sucking air out of a coke bottle. The roof vent is no good unless air can also enter the attic from another vent located in the soffit.

Another solution is electric water heater for very hot locations.
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a water heaters life is 7 to 10 years. if maintained, lifespan can be a lot longer.

would need to know what brand, and model number to help repair, but most likely the thermocouple needs to be replaced.

I would actually relocate out of your attic. the only water heaters I install in attics are electric.

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