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My Rheem hot water tank just started leaking alot of water from underneath im looking for any advice on what the problem could be also how to obtain a copy of the user manual Thanks Kelly

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If it's leaking at the bottom of the tank, this is usually an indication that the tank has rusted through.
It's most likely time to replace.
Make sure it's coming from the tank by looking in where the pilot light is... with a flashlight..
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A) Basic info on Rheem
Rheem electric water heater website:
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If the valve is plastic, the valve may break off inside the water heater.

The tank forum which is hosted by a professional plumber says, to use a hammer and screwdriver to remove the plastic drain valve: These guys are the pros.
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