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Is the water coming from one of the water lines at the top of the heater? If not replace the water heater

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

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Water only stays hot for about 5 min or


Gas or electric?
Electric water heater ... then test for crossover, check for water leak, replace thermostats, test elements
Gas water heater ... test for crossover, check for water leak
http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html

http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html


http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

water leak: turn off all taps and put ear against pipe and listen for water leak... check if water meter advances when all water taps are off.

Gene

Oct 09, 2014 | Water Heaters

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Why do I have water in my electrical cord to water tank junction box


The tank is leaking and in need of replacement or a connection at the top is leaking

Aug 29, 2014 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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Rheem 81v40d


Copy following links to identify and troubleshoot leaking water heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html
When tank rusts out, it will get pin holes, and water will leak out of top.
Replace water heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-maintain-water-heater.html
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May 11, 2013 | Rheem Water Heaters

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41vr50 leaking at the top connnections


Copy following link for troubleshoot resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

Replace rusted tank
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

Prevent rusted tank.
If nipples are leaking, and they did not leak before, then tank has most likely rusted out and needs replacement.
Cause for rusted tank is depleted anode rod.
Inspect and replace anode each 1-3 years.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

Oct 23, 2012 | Water Heaters

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My anode rod, and dip tube and t& P tube relief gasket is leaking


Copy following link for general troubleshoot:
Then add a comment and let's get the problem solved.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

FYI:
Anode rod is either connected to hot-water nipple, or installed in separate port located top of tank. Anode stops water heater tank from rusting.
Dip tube is a plastic tube that is connected to cold water nipple and extends to bottom of tank so cold water always enters tank bottom.
TP valve is brass safety valve that is screwed into a port located on top of tank, or located on side of tank, and will release water when pressure or temperature exceed rating of TP.

Oct 13, 2012 | Rheem Water Heaters

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Water seems to be leaking from the top lid of my ge water heater


Make sure any water valves (Cold or Hot) for water heater are not leaking first. Gate valves may leak at the packing nut over time and drip on top of tank. If water is leaking from the top of the water heater itself the tank is corroded and water heater will need to be replaced.
RJ

Jul 16, 2011 | General Electric GE SmartWater Household...

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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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After connecting a drain line to the pressure relief valve of my MR85245 water heater, I now have water leaking badly out of the heating element door.


Turn off the electricity.
Turn off the water valve going into tank.
Open a bathtub spout to let hot water pressure off the tank.
Check top of tank for any leaks.
Open the top access panel and see if element is leaking.
Open bottom access panel and see if lower element is leaking.
The reduced pressure on the tank will slow the leak.

If element is the problem, you can squeak by for a while by turning on the hot water heater only when you need hot water.
Order the 'Marathon MR85245 replacement element' online
http://www.gpconservation.com/rheem/marathon-sp213670-titanium-4500w-lower-element
These elements may be available locally, but they are not the same as 'ordinary' tank-type electric heater elements that you buy at the hardware store.
Buy more than 1 element because the Marathon elements have problems.
One of the reported problems with marathon elements is the high price of stainless steel replacement elements.
Drain tank.
Replace element.

Another resource for water heater information is:
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/forum3/

Nov 04, 2010 | Water Heater Innovations MR85245 High...

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Water is putting the burner out


if you check the bottom of the tank or there is water on the floor constantly..check the top of the tank most of the time the shut off valve is leaking or the hot cold connection on the top is leaking..if both these are dry then there could a crack in the tank

Jul 05, 2010 | Rheem Water Heaters

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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.
good luck

Jan 03, 2009 | Reliance Water Heaters

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