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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Pilot lighting
1) Open the door on the bottom of the tank to show the burner. 2) Turn the valve to "pilot" and depress. 3) Light the match, (best if you have a candle/grill lighter), and follow the skinny copper tube from the valve to the burner inside (this is called the thermocoupler). At the end of it, you will see the pilot. 4) Once pilot is lit, keep valve depressed for a minute (this warms the thermocoupler, thus sending a signal to the valve saying the pilot is lit). 5) Let go of the pilot button (usually red). 6) If pilot stays on, put the door(s) back on and turn the valve to "on". You will hear/see the gas ignite when complete. Good luck!
Posted on Jan 24, 2010
If the water heater itself is leaking it most likely cannot be repaired. If it's leaking at the presure/temp relief valve it could possibly be dangerous and needs immediate attention. If it's the pipes leading to the water heater then it's most likely worth repairing. If the tank is old and rusty it's best to replace it. If it's fairly new it might still be under a manufactures warantee. The last I knew Rheem had warantees up to 11 years, depending on the model water heater. With out actually looking at the water heater it's almost impossible to give a more definite answer, I hope this helped.
Posted on Mar 28, 2010
Sounds like the TP valve is leaking:
Open following links for illustrations and steps.
Open following link to identify source of leak, and completely check the water heater:
Posted on Sep 25, 2011
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