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I LIVE IN A MOBILE HOME AND HAVE BEEN HAVING PLUMBING PROBLEMS, I HAVE HAD 2 PIPES REPLACED THAT HAD BURST AND THEN THE PIPES FROZE ON SAT AND I HAD A PLUMBER COME OUT AND DEFROST THEM, AND PUT A NEW HEAT TAPE ON, AND EVERYTHING WAS FINE. TONIGHT I HAVE A HISSING SOUND COMING FROM MY ELECTRIC WATER HEATER. I HAVE HOT WATER EVERY WHERE. SHOULD I BE WORRIED, AND WHAT SHOULD I DO?

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  • cheweyhopkin Feb 01, 2010

    I LIVE IN A MOBILE HOME AND LAST WEEK I HAD A PIPE UNDER THE TRAILER LEAKING AND THAT PIPE WAS REPLACED. YESTERDAY THE PIPES FROZE AND I HAD A PLUMBER COME OUT AND DEFROST THE PIPES AND PUT ON NEW HEATING TAPE . NOW MY ELECTRIC WATER HEATER IS MAKING A HISSING SOUND , I HAVE GOOD HOT WATER EVERY WHERE BUT THE TANK IS HISSING CONSTANTLY, DO I NEED TO REPLACE THE TANK, OR WORRY SOMETHING ELSE IS WRONG? THERE IS NO WATER LEAKING IN THE HOUSE AT LEAST.

    THANKS

  • cheweyhopkin Feb 02, 2010

    HI WAYNE WHEN I TURNED OFF THE BREAKER FOR ABOUT 2-3 MIN THE HISSING DID NOT STOP. TONIGHT IT IS NOT AS LOUD AS IT WAS LAST NIGHT. THERE IS NO WATER ON THE FLOOR LEAKING, I'M SORRY FOR MY POOR CLARIFICATION I HAVE WATER AT ALL FAUCETS, AND THE WATER IS HOT. THE WATER TANK WAS OUT OF WATER FOR ABOUT 12 HOURS WHEN THE PIPES FROZE ON SAT, IF THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.


    THANKS
    PAT




  • cheweyhopkin Feb 02, 2010

    yes, it gives me little peace of mind and i will just keep watching it

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Hello,

Sometimes the English language can be confusing...

If you mean you have hot water LEAKING everywhere you should absolutely be worried and the leak needs to be found and repairs made, if it is another pipe or fitting. If it is leaking from inside the tank, it will need replaced.

If, however, you mean that you are getting hot water everywhere you have a spigot and there are no leaks and the hot water tank is hissing, that should not be a concern, unless it is a continuous hissing. When the elements kick on there will be a slight hissing sound, but it should quit after a while when the water reaches the temperature set by the thermostat.

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    Wayne Mineard Feb 01, 2010

    Sorry,



    Your second comment did not show when I answered the question. That is a problem on Fixya.



    If the tank is constantly hissing, I would suggest you have it checked out.



    Wayne

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    Wayne Mineard Feb 01, 2010

    Let me ask you this:



    If you turn the breaker off to the water heater, does the hissing stop?

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    Wayne Mineard Feb 02, 2010

    Pat,



    The hissing could only be one of 2 things that I know of. One would be the heating elements heating the water. If you turned off the breaker and the hissing continues, the only thing that I know it could be is water. I just can't imagine water still coming in after 3 days though. Odd indeed. I would just suggest you keep an eye on it and at the first sign of any leakage have it replaced. If there continues to be no water leaking and your hot water is OK, I would not be too concerned.



    Wayne

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No you should not be woried you just have some air in the line by the heater. It will goaway after some water use.

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    Jyackle5 Feb 01, 2010

    So you have hot water at all taps or you have hot water allover like a leak. If you have hot water allover as in a leak then you need to replace the water heater.

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