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Hot water tank leak

I have a rheem water heater, model # 21V40-7. At the bottom of the tank where the drain has a end cap. Most water heaters I have seen has a faucet to connect a hose to drain them. The leak is coming out of the end cap. Can this be fixed.

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    Ned C Cook May 11, 2010

    how much leakage.? constant?

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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.

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-Drain valve is located near bottom of tank and has hose thread on end.
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2) If TP valve is leaking.
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4) Mythbusters blows up a water heater for your enjoyment U-tube
Video shows that extraordinary pressure is needed to blow up heater.
This event has only been reported once in past 10 years that I have read, and it blew out side of home. Stats for this type event don't exist in insurance company records, so you are safe - just don't cap off TP valve.

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