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The water is not heating. The tank is not leaking on this 4 year old electric water heater which is a 40M06AAG GE Smart Water unit.

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If you know a little on mechanics try to disassemble the unit in order to clean it inside.Or get an Electrician to repair it.Those unit works like the electric ranges.The heating sys of the water has inside electric parts that with the time get burn.

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I seem to have a leak at the rim of my water heater where the screws attach to the cover, can this be fixed or do I need to replace it?


Water heaters are sealed tanks. The only places where water would normally be able to leak would be:
  1. Water inlet
  2. Water Outlet
  3. Heating elements
  4. pressure release valve
  5. drain valve
Leaking at the base is indicative of a rusted-out tank. But before you trash the old one, secure power and remove the side covers where the heating elements are installed to verify they are not leaking. If they are OK, the unit probably needs replacing. And even more likely if the unit is more than 10-12 years old. Don't delay on this as leaks from rusty tanks can blow out and cause serious water damage,

Sep 19, 2015 | Water Water Heaters

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GE Smart Water Hot water heater 40 gal will not stop heating water.


1) For gas: Turn off gas to heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Gas-water-heater-89-valve-2.jpg

2) For electric: Turn off circuit breaker.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#veryhot

3) For gas: Copy following link to identify gas control valve thermostat, and troubleshoot by type of gas control.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#intellivent

4) For gas: Gas control valve thermostat has probably gone bad.

5) Add comment and give clear description of water heater.

6) Call plumber.

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Bosch 125fx heater barely heats water


1) Recommend replacing tankless with ordinary tank-type gas water heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html
http://hometips.me/Mar/Which-is-best-gas-water-heater.pdf

2) Tankless cannot be exposed to more than 11 grains hardness in water or unit will fail within 2-5 years. Water softener is required.
http://hometips.me/Tls/Battelle_Water-softening-research.pdf

3) Descaling tankless water heater each year will not restore functionality, or restore efficiency of tankless, nor restore full efficiency to tank-type gas water heater.

4) Bradford White side-by-side testing research comparing their tankless with their tank-type shows that tankless will save $1-8 per month on energy bill vrs ordianry tank-type ....but conclude that tankless 'fall far short of payback' due to maintenance, repair, installation and replacement costs.
Study compared full cost, and not just monthly energy bill, since All costs are energy.

Feb 16, 2013 | Water Heaters

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I own a house with an electric GE hot water heater. 8ESOT12AA01 Serial # 090122 5750 I do not know how old the hot water heater is and advice about when it should be replaced. No leaks to date but I...


GE is made by Rheem, but the market is always changing. Rheem-based serial number shows tank was made in 1990.
Tank will last as long as anode rod(s) protects steel tank from rusting.
If your tank has two anode rods, then tanks lasts longer.
That's how companies determine if water heater is '6-year' or '12-year.'
I don't have manual for your product to say if you have 12 year tank. Side of tank might have information blurb besides mandatory label that shows serial number.
You can update your water heater by replacing anode rod(s) assuming they can be loosened and removed after this number of years, which is a big IF with old heaters. Your plumber might have impact wrench he uses to see if anode can come out.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

If the water heater is making gurgling rumbling and/or crackling sounds then tank has sediment build-up.
You can also get a baseline of rust by flushing tank and watching if water is very rusty.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-will-not-drain.html

If you flush tank regularly, and inspect anode every 1-3 years, a tank will last many years longer than manufacturer's label.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-manufacturers.html

Apr 20, 2011 | General Electric Water Heaters

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Low boy water heater leaks at point where cold water pipe enters caseing.The leak is below the threads.The caseing is rusted at the point where the pipe goes through.Can this rusted place be patched or...


1) Your water heater needs to be replaced.
It cannot be repaired.
Tanks rust out after anode rod is depleted unless anode is inspected and replaced 1-3 years.
Water softener causes anode to deplete quicker, so inspect every 2 years.
Also stray household current can cause tank to rust out. Put bare copper ground wire between hot and cold pipes on new heater.

2) First thing is protect yourself from tank rupture where water heater bursts open and water runs until it's shut off. Ruptured tanks are big topic in homeowner insurance industry today because they cause major damage inside house.

- Turn off heat source so tank is not under pressure:
Gas: Rotate dial to pilot so pilot light stays lit, but burner does not turn on
Electric: turn off circuit breaker

- Turn off water going into tank using shut off above tank.
- Open hot side to bathtub to relieve pressure from tank.
- Check label on side of tank to get tank specifications for replacement.

3) What to do until replacement.
You can get by for a while on leaking tank by turning it ON only when needed.
Make sure tank is full of water before turning heat source back on.
This will buy time until replacement.
Electric tank heats 21 gallons water per hour.
Gas water heater 41 gallons per hour
Shower uses 6-9 gallons hot water, bath uses 12-15 gallon hot water.

4) Additional reading so next tank lasts longer
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

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

http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-at-bottom-of-water-heater.html

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I have a GG40T06/487-246 GE SmartWater Water Heater, it is about 10 years old and now there is leak on the position of the stem of the reset button connecting to the gas valve. Any suggestions to replace...


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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I have a ge smart water electric water heater and


does it not have adjustments for heat settings. I thought these were smart as in maintaining heat with demand

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Hot water does not last long. Hot water heater is a 50 gal ge smart water heater. It takes a long time to heat and is not very hot when it reaches shower in the back part of house. Where are the coils or...


probably has a bad heating element. May be a little limed up also. Drain the heater and replace the elements. Take a special tool to remove and replace the elements. ( fairly cheap) You can probably get the elements and parts at a good hardware store. The people at the store probably will explain to you how to replace them. Feedback please if this was of help

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My electric water heater is 4 years old. It has


Your expansion tank is probably bad, it devoloped a leak, and lost it's charge. The replacement of the tank should solve the problem. Hope this helps

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