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Reliance hot water tank is leaking from the bottom

Water leaking from bottom

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

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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Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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SOURCE: hot water heater is leaking and making noise

Hit the disconnect and call a plumber. Sounds like your heating element or elements have gone bad and need to be replaced. also shut off the water. This is repairable, but it is HIGHLY recommened to have someone with expeirence in this kinda of problem fix it since you are messing with water and electricity. The repair should be no more then 200 dollars

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Hot water tank leak

drain valve must have already been leaking, that's why someone put the cap on. It's ok to cap the drain but never the pressure/temp relief. If the water is coming out of the drain (not around it) you could either replace the cap or the drain valve to stop the leak - otherwise it's time for a new water heater.

Posted on May 24, 2009

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SOURCE: 50 gal. Reliance electric hot water w/bottom element problems

Willard when you say it throws the reset button,do you mean the breaker on your fuse box of your home?
If you mean that then yes it could be a bad element.The bottom element takes all the abuse on a electric hot water heater. They can short out,and need to be replaced.

Posted on Dec 01, 2009

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SOURCE: need to empty reliance 501 hot water heater how?

1) Shut the breaker off to it at the panel. 2) Hook a hose up to it (the bottom has a drain). 3) Close the valve to the water heater (on the cold water supply). 4) Open drain on the bottom of water heater. 5) Open the relief valve to allow air into the tank (it won't drain otherwise - think if you put your finger on one end of a straw - the liquid stays in until you let go). Why are you draining it by the way?

Posted on Jan 31, 2010

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Reliance 501hot water runs for just a minutes then runs out


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Check for crossover

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Broken pipe leaking all the hot out of tank? Turn off all water and put ear against pipe.

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Jun 25, 2014 | Reliance Water Heaters

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I have a Reliance 606 natural gas water heater. It is 8 years old. The pilot light went out on it and I replaced it. I lit the heater and waited 30 minutes to check the water temperature. The bottom of the...


1) Bad gas control thermostat, or thermostat has come out of calibration, or water leak running hot water out of tank.
Turn up temperature.
Replace gas control valve.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#intellivent
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-adjust-temperature-on-water-heater.html

2) Clean air intake, put ear against pipes and listen for water leak, check that flame is clear blue and that combustion gasses are flowing up the vent pipe and not blocked.

3) Call service technician.

Dec 31, 2012 | Reliance Natural Gas Water Heater Control

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My reliance 501 is leaking at both entry hoses ports and also is very hot to the touch near the electrical connection port on the top of the water heater.


Emergency steps:
Turn electric power off.
Release tank pressure by opening bathtub faucet on hot side.
Turn off water supply to heater.
You can turn water heater ON for short periods (1/2 hour) to make some hot water until repairs are made.

It sounds like runaway heating caused by shorted element, possibly caused by leaking water. But I cannot tell for certain what the problem is. Read following links and/or call plumber.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Over-amping:
Look at watt rating label on side of tank.
For example 4500 watt water heater requires 30 amp breaker and 10 gauge wire.
If you have 20 amp breaker and 12 gauge wire, then change elements to max 3800 watts. Tank will heat more slowly.

You have to fix leaks, and I cannot see that problem. Call plumber or repost question with clear description of leak.

Jul 31, 2012 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Water is leaking from the pipe on the top of the tank (Reliance 606 electric) where the hot water comes out and goes into the house. Likely causes?


If tank is rusted out, then that is caused by depleted anode rod, or tank that is not electrically grounded on hot side pipe.
If pipe nipple is rusted out, then that can be caused by improper connection between copper and galvanized pipes, and caused by non-grounded hot water pipes.

If tank is leaking, replace it.
If nipple is leaking, remove with pipe wrench, apply teflon tape or joint compound on threads, and install new nipple. Replace anode rod if possible. Correct copper-galvanized connections. Add ground wire between hot and cold pipes.

http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

Aug 25, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Hot water heater is constantly runnin and sds like water is running. the noise seems to be coming from the emergency valve area. there is water pooling around the bottom of the heater


Open following link to identify specific leak and remedy:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-is-leaking.html

If TP valve is leaking: replace TP valve:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-TP-valve.html

If tank is rusted and ready to rupture, then turn water heater off:
Over next days, turn water heater on for short periods to make hot water when needed, then replace water heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Emergency-steps-for-leaking-water-heater.html

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Mar 19, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Hot water runs out to quickly. Replaced bottom element but did not help.


If dual element water heater has some hot water, that says certain things.
-Water heater is getting 240V from breaker.
-Upper element is working
-Neither element is shorted to ground
-Factory insulation and covers are in place and thermostat not exposed to cool air.
-ECO reset is not tripped and there is not overheating event.
-Water pipes and heater are not clogged.

Here are remaining suspects:
1) Leaking faucet or TP valve is leaking hot water continuously. Check for leaks.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-TP-valve.html

2) Loose wire/ bad wire between upper and lower sections of water heater: remove covers and check for loose wire and signs of high heat and burning.
Also do full troubleshoot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

3) Bad lower element
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

4) Sediment build up bottom of tank:
Sediment build-up causes lower part of tank to heat slowly, so upper part of tank can cool, and tank has less hot water.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

5) Bad upper or lower thermostat: Replace both thermostats for $28.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

To preserve tank and save money long term
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html

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Feb 20, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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We have a reliance 606 50 gallon electric water heater. recently we noticed it has an internal leak. I removed the top and removed some of the insulation. the pipe fittings are dry but when you put water...


I wrote a page on leaking water heaters.
With a checklist.
It sounds like you've done quite a bit already.
The element can leak around the gasket.
The TP valve can leak where it screws into side of tank.
Otherwise a leak on side of tank sounds like the tank is rusted through and needs to be replaced.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-leaking.html

You should turn off electricity and water to the tank, and open tub valve on hot side to relieve pressure so the tank will not rupture.
Then you can limp along with a failed water heater by turning the water and electricity on only when hot water is needed.
This will buy you time until a new heater is installed.
A typical electric water heater produces 21 gallons of hot water per hour.
A shower uses 6-9 gallon of hot water, so heater only needs to be turned on 20-30 minutes for a shower, more if the incoming water is very cold.

To economize with your next heater, you might read the following two pages:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

Nov 08, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have a reliance 501 gas hot water tank and i bought it in 1988 and it now has a leak at the bottom so i am going to have to replace it. but i never had any trouble with it until now so it lasted a long...


hot water heaters typically don't last most then 20 years or so. AO Smith used to sell glass lines tanks that lasted longer, but were fragile. Areas with acidic water, like the west coast, tend to go quicker.
The new tankless heaters cost more, but don't waste energy heating up water over night.
A large house may need more than one tankless however, because you don't want temperature variation when someone is taking a shower and someone else wants to do laundry or dishes.

Oct 09, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Need to empty reliance 501 hot water heater how?


1) Shut the breaker off to it at the panel. 2) Hook a hose up to it (the bottom has a drain). 3) Close the valve to the water heater (on the cold water supply). 4) Open drain on the bottom of water heater. 5) Open the relief valve to allow air into the tank (it won't drain otherwise - think if you put your finger on one end of a straw - the liquid stays in until you let go). Why are you draining it by the way?

Jan 26, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have a Reliance 501 gas hot water heater that needs a tank cleaning. Scale is showing up in faucet aerators. Is it still comon practice to delime hot water heater tanks? If so any recomendations?


hook up garden hose to faucet @ the bottom of the tank and drain the hose to the outdoors or down a floor drain and open the valve , leaving the cold supply valve on , let it run until it runs clear , this will get rid of some of the sediment deposit that form at the bottom of tank , is the most effective way i know , good luck

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