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I have a new gas hot water heater and it is leaking water on the burner from the exhaust hole.now about a hour has gone by and now it stoped leaking should I be concerned

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Probably just condensate, no worries.

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The pilot light is ON, but we are not getting hot water...help!


Hi,
There are a few issues that can cause this....
First... Is this a new installation??? If the hot and cold piping is reversed then you will not get much hot water...
Does the burner come on at all??? If you turn the thermostat up higher does the burner come on???
If the dip tube on the cold water inlet disintergrates or falls off... you will not get hot water but the tank will be warm-hot....
If the burner will not come on at all then the thermostat has gone bad and the t-sta/gas valve will need to be replaced...
To replace the t-stat and gas valve you will need to drain most of the water from the heater and turn out the old valve and then replace it with a new one...
Sometimes the onetime limit safety cutoff on the gas valve will burn out.. usually because of a gas valve/t-stat failure....

This should give you some ideas as to where to start looking...

Comment back to me if you have more questions...

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Feb 08, 2011 | Rheem 40 Gallon FVR NATGAS Low WATER...

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Water is leaking from a whole in the top of the water heater what is the cause


If water heater is leaking out of a hole, then tank is rusted out and needs to be replaced.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

First thing is protect yourself.
Tank could rupture.
Turn off power
-Electric heater: turn off circuit breaker
-Gas heater: turn knob from ON to pilot, so pilot light stays lit.
Open bathtub spout on hot side and release pressure.

Now you're save.
When you need hot water, turn heater on for 1 hour, use hot water, then turn heater off again.

You can limp along like this for a while until heater is replaced.

I buy water heaters at Lowes, Ace, Home Depot, Sears.
Look for scratch and dent.
Look for same size that you have now.
manufactured homes require heater that is made for that application.
Propane and natural gas heaters have different burner.

Always offer 10% less than asking price on any water heater.
You need teflon tape, 10" pipe wrench, new flexible water connectors, and a drip pan, and maybe insulation blanket.

Read how to install gas water heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html
To install electric water heater, open link above because some things are same for both gas and electric.
Difference with electric is there is no gas line, and you connect wires same way that they came off.

Feb 04, 2011 | Rheem 50 Gallon FVR NATGAS Water Heater...

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It is leaking out of the top. not out of the hot or cold valves but out of a nut by the cold side.


Your tank is rusted out and needs to be replaced.
Link below is a troubleshoot for leaking water heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

Protect yourself first:
If your tank is rusted, there is danger of rupture.
My friend welded his leaking tank, but he assumes the risk.
Ruptured tank can cause massive damage and water runs until it is shut off.

Hot water tank is under pressure because hot water expands and pushes against tank wall.
Turn off water to tank.
Turn off power supply:
Electric: turn off circuit breaker.
Gas: rotate knob to pilot so pilot stays lit but burner will not fire. To turn back on, rotate knob to ON.
Open hot side bathtub valve and relieve pressure on tank.

You can limp by with rusted tank by turning water heater on when hot water is needed.
Shower uses 5-9 gallons hot water
Bath uses 12-15 gallon hot water
Ordinary gas heater makes 41 gallons hot water per hour
Ordinary electric heater makes 20 gallons hot water per hour.

I buy water heaters at Lowes, Home Depot, Ace.
Look for scratch and dent models.
Buy drip pan for water heater.
Wrap electric heater totally with insulation except TP valve.
Buy new flexible connectors for water lines.
Offer 15% less than marked price on tank, because the store makes money on additional items.

> Most people can install their own electric heater since you just connect water pipes and electric wire, and it's done. Read link below since there are tips that help you buy and install electric.
> Generally people are nervous about installing gas water heater, so step-by-step instructions are shown on link below. Remember gas line is under less pressure than water line, so if you can install a water pipe, you can install gas line to water heater with crescent wrench, and soapy water to check for leaks.
How to install gas water heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

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Jan 13, 2011 | Water Heaters

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I have a Rheem 40 gal. tank that is leaking water front the top where the vent stack is. It is pouring out. Can it be repaired?


A leaking water heater cannot be repaired, assuming it's the tank leaking and not nearby water pipe.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-leaking.html

First thing is to protect your property from catastrophic tank failure where tank ruptures and water runs until it is shut off:
Tanks are under pressure when they are hot.
Close cold water shut-off located above tank.
Turn control knob to 'pilot' so pilot is lit but burner will not turn on.
Open hot side on tub for few moments to relieve tank pressure.

Now your property is safe.
You need a new water heater.
In mean time, gas water heater makes 41 gallons hot water per hour.
Shower used 5-9 gallons hot water.
Bath uses 10-15 gallons hot water.
You can turn on water heater for short stretches and limp by until you get a new heater.

Steps for installing gas water heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

Dec 20, 2010 | Rheem 40 Gallon FVR NATGAS Low WATER...

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I recently had to replace the thermostat in a 1 year old Whirlpool propane water heater. Since then the water heater burners ignite about every hour and run for 20 minutes even when no water is being used....


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Gas hot water heater will not automatically heat water, i have to manually start the burner to heat the water


Sounds like you have a bad thermostat. You can change the thermostat, but if the heater is more than 8 or 10 years old you might be better off to replace the entire heater. Thermostat replacement is easy:
1 turn off the gas 2 drain the heater 3 unscrew pilot, main burner, and thermocouple lines from bottom of thermostat. 4 unhook gas line from thermostat. 5 unscrew thermostat from heater tank. Use pipe sealer when you install new thermostat, and gas line fittings. burner and thermocouple lines seal on a taper seat and do not need sealer. after reassembly check for leaks with soapy water, not a match, light the pilot and turn up the temp. The heater may sweat quite a bit while it is heating up the first time, this is due to the cold water on the inside and the fire on the outside. some water may drip in the bottom of the heater and you might think you have a leak, but let it heat up completly, if the water is still dripping after the tank is hot then you need to find the leak.

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