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Ruud Hot Water Heater

I have a Ruud brand hot water heater. About a month ago, I noticed a small trail of water coming from the bottom of it and leading out of the garage (a very small trail). I opened up the two little panels on it and the top one had alot of water in it. I thoroughly checked the outside of the heater and didn't see anything out of the ordinary. We were leaving for a cruise the next day so I just turned off the valve to it and shut off the breakers to it at the box. When I came home a week or so later, I turned it all back on. It's been 2 weeks now and there is no leak and it "seems" to be working ok. Should I replace it or is there an explanation for why it was leaking water? (sorry this is under air conditioners, but I counldn't find HWH in any of the lists)

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I suspect there is a leak in the tank and because you shut it off for a period of time, the hole sealed up with rust. If the heater is under warranty, contact your installer and show him the water spots inside the jacket. It should be covered under the warranty. If it is out of warranty, replace it before it does damage to the surrounding areas. If you let it go a while, get yourself a moisture alarm and put it next to the unit. If it should leak again, it will not stop until someone turns off the water valve. \\Good Luck!

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