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Ge water heater 10 years old has a small gas leak at the regulator cover, does it make sense to tighten the cover, look for a new cover gasket, replace the regulator or just replace the heater, other than the small leak it works fine.

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Hi try to tighten the cover first if heaters good look at price of regulator change

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Buying a new electric hot water heater and seeing two different types of elements; copper and combination. Is one type better than another, and if so, which one?


hot water systems come in three types
copper--subject to electrolyses around the heater element area where they leak life expectancy in good water areas -- possible 20 years
steel ( vitreous enamel coated to prevent rust-- subject to cracking of the covering during manufacture and transport and rusting around the ports-- life expectancy if in perfect condition - around 10 years
stainless steel-- mainly the cost but if in hard water areas is the most cost effective - life expectancy well past 20 years in harsh water conditions
the heater element are mostly copper as in the stove element and will last a long time provided the heater tank has water covering the element although the element may be stainless
however regardless of the material used it is the porcelain inside the covering that allows the element to short out and burn the cover
most hot water systems use common heater elements so it may be wise to keep operational units for future use
Best is to talk with a good plumber supply shop ( not a hard ware shop) and get all the details before buying a new system
repairing is not really an option

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Rheem PTG-74XN-1 leaking out where the water inlet meets the tankless heater. Any ideas what the problem is?


The gasket between the case and the outlet manifold pictured has failed. A new gasket or O ring will need to be installed. You have a small chance that those 4 Phillips screws are a little loose and can be tightened slightly to try to compress the gasket a little more, but it looks like you have tried that already. You can get make a gasket from an old cereal box with a ball bean hammer, or razor blade or get an o ring from a local hardware store. Make sure you use gasket sealer.

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I have a Rheem PG50T9A hot water heater that is leaking. It seems to be spraying water from the vent tube in the heater. I shut the gas and water off and am now dealing with the damage done to my kitchen...


Tank rusted out because anode rod depleted because water heater was not maintained according to product manual, and industry standard and water heater was not inspected each 6 months by homeowner.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-maintain-water-heater.html

Rheem makes GE heaters.
Look at label for serial number. 3rd and 4th digit are year of manufacture.

Since this model is no longer manufactured, I suspect that 6-year warranty is expired. So ruptured tank is not covered.
Call homeowner's insurance for deductible coverage for ruptured water damage.

Buy new heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Which-is-best-gas-water-heater.pdf

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I have Marey nat.gas.water heater (3 years old) now the flame goes on for a second and goes off ,pezo try to restarted but wont go back on ,any solutions ?? many thanks


Sounds like your thermocouple is shot.It's that

little tube that the pilot light heats up.I am

assuming that you have started this heater

before.The thermocouple has to stay a certain

temperature to keep the gas flowing.You can buy

universal thermocouple kits at your local

hardware store.Make sure gas is turned

off.Loosen the coupling nut on the outside of

the tank then remove the tin and remove the

heating part.The whole thing is a small 1/8

tube.Bend new one like the old one and put it

back in place.If the kit has yellow Teflon tape

wrap the threads on the coupling and

tighten.Turn the gas back on and test for leaks

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My water heater is leaking cold water from the bottom. How do I fix it? its a Richmond miser. Model # 8v30-1


First shut off power then remove acess cover and carefully move insulation out of the way so you can see around elements.Check to see if leak is coming from around element.If it is determine what type of element you have. Either screw in or bolted in. Both have thick rubber gaskets that can be replaced by draing water heater and removing element then install new gasket and reinstall element.
To drain heater shut off valve on incoming cold water supply line ,make sure electric power is off. Connect drain hose to drain valve and put other end to floor drain or sump basin.You can open faucet on hot side near by to prevent vacumn and drain. If you have screw in type disconnect wires,marking them for reattachment,then use large open end wrench or pipe wrench on hex section of element and turn to left to remove. If you have bolt in element spray bolts with wd-40 or similar and carefully loosen bolts then disconnect wires and remove element.install new gasket and reverse to reinstall. I would recommend that you replace elements at this time if you are sure this was the source of the leak.
If you don't think it's leaking around elements then check fitting on both water lines to water heater to be sure they are not leaking and seeping down thru insulation and leaking out of the bottom of heater. Next check around drain valve for leak and if it's leaking you can try tightening it a little or replace it with 3/4 x2 brass nipple and 3/4 inch female iron pipe boiler drain. Use teflon tape or pipe joint compound on all threaded connections.
After you have eliminated all other sources for leak then it is probably the tank itself. If it is less then six years old the tank should still be covered under warrenty. Most warrenties will give you a new heater but installation will not be covered unless you have extended service coverage.
I hope this helps you some. Thank you

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Have a GE GG40T6A gas hot water tank. Leaking really bad out of the pressure relief valve. It is a rental property, gas was off to the house (tenants moved out in the night). When the gas company turned...


12 year old water heater is getting near the end.
Some tanks last 20 years, but that's the exception.
To find exact age of your brand water heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/WaterHeaterSerialNumberDecoder.pdf

Leaking TP valve:
1) Lift TP lever and gently lower back into position to see if that stops leak.
Occasionally something gets stuck in the valve.
2) Sometimes water heater temperature gets turned up because heater is not producing as much hot water as before, and higher temps cause TP to release pressure because of overheating.
Dial temperature down to 120 degrees.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-adjust-water-heater-temperature.html

3) If steps above don't fix problem, replace TP valve >> TP valves have 125 or 150 degrees rating >>> older tank shouldn't be running above 125 because higher temps cause more pressure on tank, so thermostat should be lower than 125 degrees TP rating.
Buy replacement TP at any hardware store + a roll of teflon tape to seal pipe threads.
Turn gas control to pilot ... this will keep pilot lit but burner will not fire.
Let water cool, and then drain some water out of tank.
If TP valve is on side of tank, then open drain on side of tank and drain water until it is lower than valve level. Open bathtub spigot to let air into line.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-will-not-drain.html
Be careful around water that is higher than 120 degrees F >> you can get burned quickly >> apply cold water to any burn.
Use pipe wrench and unscrew TP valve counterclock-wise.
Install new TP and put teflon tape on threads.
Re-fill tank completely and open tub valve on hot side until water is running >> then turn gas control back to original position.
Do not fire up any water heater before tank is completely full of water or this could damage tank.

To read more preventative information about water heater leaks and age problems:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-at-bottom-of-water-heater.html

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This water heater has two elements, correct?? Well how do you get them out?


The first thing to do is shut off power supply to the heater. Then while water is still on hook up garden hose to drain valve on bottom of heater. Place hose to floor drain or some other location for safe drainage. Open drain valve and if it starts draining at a good rate then shut water supply valve off to heater. You will want to open hot side of closest faucet to prevent vacumn which will slow or stop draining. After heater is done draining shut off drain valve and faucet . Remove the cover plates on top and bottpm of heater. Usually four small screws. Locate heating elements and disconnect wiring,label if you need to for reinstallation. There are two kinds of heating elements,one is held in place with 4 hex head bolts,and the other is screwed in. If yours has the bolts carefully remove to avoid breaking bolts.Then just pull out to remove To reinstall there will be a new rubber gasket with element, fit it in place and insert element back in heater. Reconnect wires. If there are no bolts apparent then the element screws into heater. You will need a pipe wrench or large wrench to remove the element. The same thing with this element is that it should have a new rubber gasket. Put gasket in place and wrap threads with 5 to 6 wraps of teflon tape. Install element and tighten snugly. Connect wires,refill with water and check for leaks. If no leaks then turn power back on. Put cover plates back on and you're done. I hope this helps you. Thanks

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A 10 year old water heater is at the end of its life expectancy. No sense replacing a gas valve to have the tank rust out next month. I'ld replace the whole unit. Also, install a drip pan, under it and a WAGS safety device. Any water in the pan and the WAGS will shut off he Water and Gas. If your water heater has an expansion tank near by, replace that too.

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Hot water heater doesn't work 2 years old


First I would check to be sure your propane tank(s) are not empty and valve is not turned off and that the required gas pressure is being delivered to the unit i.e. pressure line tubing is not kinked or leaking - pressure regulator is operating properly.

Another culprit could be the thermocouple is malfunctioning or is not positioned properly, hence not allowing it to sense the flame.

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