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Installed new water heater today. No problems,

Installed new water heater today. No problems, except the hot water outlet on top of the unit leaks. My guess is that there is a pin hole located within the insulation around the female outlet. Is this possible?

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Did you place Teflon tape around the outlet nipple? you might have to remove and wipe off thread then reapply Teflon tape then put a layer of gasoila pipe dope over the tape then make sure it is the female adaptor is cranked down tight

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