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My water heater is leaking from the service panel on side of heater

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SOURCE: water heater leaks on top

As joe explained tape or pipe dope would be recomended also there should be a seal inside the ends of the short pipe. make sure that seal is seating squarely on the pipe as to make the proper seal it may behoove you to actually take it back loose and visually inspect the rubber seal inside the nut to make sure it is not damaged or defective.

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Repair a cold water leak at the bottom of my water heater


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If your water heater is working (ie: making hot water) then most likely your heater isn't leaking. Rather, the leak is coming from the cold water supply and running down the tank where you see it at the bottom of the tank. A working tank that is leaking would produce a leak of hot water - not cold. You should carefully check the cold water piping for a leak, drip or stream of water and make the required repairs.

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1) Copy following link for troubleshoot walk-thru leaking water heater, and strategies for next water heater if needed.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

2) If you have electric water heater, the element could be leaking.

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I have a Rheem Optima 401 series hot water tank which has started leaking from the top of the tank and dripping warm water down the side. I have now switched off the water supply to the tank. We have a...


Yes, turn off leaking water heater because it might rupture.

Sounds like the tank is rusted and needs to be replaced.
Open following link:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

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http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html

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May 25, 2011 | Rheem Water Heaters

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My heater control valve has a small leak it looks like water is dripping from it


Not enough information to fully answer question.

Control valve is usually associated with the gas line and gas control valve.
There should not be water dripping from control valve.
Open following link to help identify source of leak on tank-type water heater
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-is-leaking.html

If you are uncertain about parts on gas water heater, I suggest calling service technician.
There are several advantages. The technician can service the appliance and ensure there is no dangerous gas leaks or dangerous CO vent leaks.
And if your water heater is rusted and leaking, then service technician can prevent a possible flood.

Some gas is heavier than air and settles to floor, so always check for gas smell near floor level.
The combustion product from a water heater contains odorless CO which is poisonous, and must be vented outdoors so it will kill other things besides you.
The service technician can also see maintenance issues since gas water heaters require yearly maintenance, and some require more frequent attention.
Finally the service technician can give you a few tricks and tips for taking care of your water heater.

If you add a comment with the brand, type and model number of water heater, I can possibly locate a manual for that product which can help both you and me understand your water heater better.

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May 21, 2011 | Water Heaters

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I have a Rheem electric water heater that is leaking from the panel is it replaceable or is it just the tank?


If this is electric heater, do not touch unless electricity is OFF.
Turn off power and open panel to see if element is leaking.
If element is leaking, then replace element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

If leak is coming from elsewhere, open following link for troubleshoot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html
If tank is rusted out, replace it before it ruptures.

Apr 13, 2011 | Water Heaters

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80 gal Whirl Pool electric water heater. Does it have 1 thermostat or 2?


There are two ways to tell:
1) See if tank has 2 removable panels on side.
2) Look at label on side of tank for upper and lower element wattage.

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http://waterheatertimer.org/How-water-heater-thermostat-works.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-electric-water-heater-works.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/DIY.html

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How do I reset my electric water heater


To reset water heater:
Open upper cover on side of water heater tank.
Remove insulation.
Push in red reset button.
Put insulation and cover back in place.

http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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Please include all symptoms, for example some hot water, or no hot water, or circuit breaker tripped, or leaking water, or anything unusual.
Ordinary tank-type water heater is fully repairable by homeowner using generic parts from hardware store.

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Feb 10, 2011 | Rheem Water Heaters

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Rheem water heater model #82V661 serial # RH0106D11663 leaking water at lower panel. Water is coming from above wiring and control panel. Is this fixable or need to be replaced? Mfg date is 01/2006


You have 240volt electric water heater
Check both elements for leaking.
Check top of tank for leaking pipes.

If water heater is leaking from side of tank, then tank is rusted out and could rupture.
This tank must be replaced.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-at-bottom-of-water-heater.html

My friend welded his tank to get more life out of tank, but he assumed the risk.

Hot water heaters are under pressure from heated water which expands.
If tank ruptures, water will flood out of tank and water will run until shut-off is turned OFF.
This causes major damage inside home.

Protect yourself first, and then let's talk more.
1) Turn off water at shut off located on cold water line above tank.
2) Turn off power to water heater:
Gas heater, rotate valve to 'pilot' so pilot is lit but burner does not turn ON.
Electric heater, turn off circuit breaker.
3) Open tub spout on hot side and let run a bit to relieve pressure.
4) Now your property is safe.

You can limp along with failed heater if leak is slow.
Turn heater ON when you need hot water.
Typical Gas heater makes 41 gallons hot water per hour.
Typical Electric heater makes 21 gallons hot water.
Shower uses 5-9 gallons hot water, bath uses 12-14 gallons hot water.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Water-heater-reference-guide-2.jpg

If you are going to install heater yourself:
Look at label on side of old tank to identify size and particulars.
I buy ordinary heaters from Lowes and Home Depot and always buy scratch-n-dent models when possible, because superficial damage to outer tank does not lower lifespan of heaters I have installed.
Buy same size heater if it worked fine before.
Buy new flexible water connectors.
Set water heater in drip pan.
Offer 10% less than price shown. Make them deal with you. Shop Ace hardware, Lowes, Home Depot. Kick the tires since you have a bit of time.

I know you have electric heater, but many folks read these answers, so I include info on gas too.
#1 rule) tankless heaters are a rich-man's toy, because tankless will never pay you back, and will become major money pit if you encounter 1 repair. Electric tankless heaters require larger electric service box. Gas tankless require larger gas line (larger gas line, more gas consumption, bigger bill unless you cut consumption)
2) How to install gas heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-gas-water-heater.html
3) How to install electric heater:
Read link above because many of same steps apply to electric.
The difference with electric, is turn off power, disconnect wires, and reconnect wires exactly like before. Set electric heater directly on insulated surface like dense blue styrafoam. Cut styrafoam in circle so it fits inside dip pan. Wrap entire electric heater with insulation blanket, except don't cover TP valve.
4) Connect bare copper jumper wire between hot and cold pipes to prevent stray current corrosion which will shorten life of tank. Make sure cold water line is grounded.

Also read:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html

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Jan 07, 2011 | Rheem Water Heaters

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We have a reliance 606 50 gallon electric water heater. recently we noticed it has an internal leak. I removed the top and removed some of the insulation. the pipe fittings are dry but when you put water...


I wrote a page on leaking water heaters.
With a checklist.
It sounds like you've done quite a bit already.
The element can leak around the gasket.
The TP valve can leak where it screws into side of tank.
Otherwise a leak on side of tank sounds like the tank is rusted through and needs to be replaced.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-leaking.html

You should turn off electricity and water to the tank, and open tub valve on hot side to relieve pressure so the tank will not rupture.
Then you can limp along with a failed water heater by turning the water and electricity on only when hot water is needed.
This will buy you time until a new heater is installed.
A typical electric water heater produces 21 gallons of hot water per hour.
A shower uses 6-9 gallon of hot water, so heater only needs to be turned on 20-30 minutes for a shower, more if the incoming water is very cold.

To economize with your next heater, you might read the following two pages:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

Nov 08, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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The water is leaking from the panel where you can control the temperature, can this be fixed?


Turn off power.
Wet water heater can electrocute you.
Open following link to help troubleshoot leaking water heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

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