I have this heater since 2000 and four months ago was leaking for the first time. A friend of mine told me to run the water through a hose and drain the system. I did and a few days after it was ok. About two days ago the heater started to leak again. The water is coming from the top cover wher the wires are. I will be glad if you can help me to solve this problem. If I have to buy a new one you probably will give me the name of product/brand.
I have the same problem, its a Rheem PowerVent M/N 21VP75E-1P and the water is comming from the top cover. There is no water leaking from any fittings, the water is comming under the top cover between the cover and the sides of the unit. Why would it be comming from that area and can anything be done to repair the problem?
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turn off gas. turn off water. drain water heater by connecting garden hose to drain valve and place discharge end somewhere that that will safely handle the water.(sink, outside,floor drain). lift temp. relief valve to allow air into the tank so a vacuum doesn't prevent draining. carefully remove the leaking valve by using a pipe wrench. counterclockwise to loosen. there may be a little water left in the bottom of the tank, so be ready with a wet vac. buy a new valve at your local hardware store, along with a roll of teflon tape. wrap the teflon tape around the threads in a clockwise rotation. don't use more than three or four wraps. replace the valve by turning in a clockwise rotation. tighten till snug. don't overtighten! if it still leaks a bit at the threads, you can tighten a bit more.
I had the same issue a few months ago. To clear the sediment blow back into the hose making sure the valve at the tank is open. I had to blow two or three times during the draining process. 50 gallon tank took about 45 minutes to drain
SOUND LIKE YOU NEED TO DRAIN AND FLUSH YOUR WATER HEATER TANK. THERE IS A HOSE BIB AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TANK. RUN A HOSE FROM IT TO A DRAIN OR OUTSIDE. SHUT OFF THE COLD WATER INLET VALVE AND OPEN THE HOSE BIB. OPEN HOT FIXTURES IN THE HOUSE.CHECK THE DRAINING WATER FOR CLARITY. IF CLEAR OPEN THE INLET VALVE AND LET IT FLUSH(YOU MAY GET MORE DISCOLORED WATER, RUN UNTIL CLEAR). SHUT HOT WATER FIXTURES, CLOSE THE HOSE BIB AND LET TANK REFILL.
just turn off the gas valve for pilot light, turn off cold water to water tank. drain system. when refilling open cold water to fill tank, wait at least a 1/2 hour to 45 minutes then relight water heater. you should be fine!
40 gallon electric heater at Lowes costs 207, and is easy do-it-yourself using same basic information shown in link above for installing gas heater, except less work.
To have gas water heater installed, can run $2-300 for installation plus cost of heater. 40 gallon natural gas water heater at Lowes starts at $300+, and tanks with longer warranty cost more and last longer. Trailers require specific type of gas water heater, so be sure to request correct model.