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Leeking water from bottom - Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC 82VH402

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Either the bottom or top element is leaking.If not that the glass tank that holds the water could be cracked.Or lastly the drain valve could be leaking because its plastic.All of which is a fairly easy fix,just time consuming

Posted on Nov 15, 2010

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    The tank is not glass. It's made of enamel coated steel that is called 'glass lined.'

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I wrote a page on leaking water heaters with resources and information:
Page lists things to check.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-at-bottom-of-water-heater.html

Also run hand over tank to find warm spot that says where leak is coming from
A rusted tank cannot be repaired.

If your tank is rusted out, it might burst open and flood the area.
Hot water inside tank is under pressure.
Turn off heat source to water heater.
Turn off water valve located above tank.
Open tub faucet on hot side and relieve pressure from tank.

You can limp along with a leaking water heater by turning it on when hot water is needed.
For example a shower uses 5-9 gallons hot water.
Turn gas water heater on for 15-20 minutes.
Turn electric on for 20-30 minutes.

To conserve resources with next heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html

Posted on Nov 15, 2010

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