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I have a 40 gallon rheem water heater for a mobil home that is leaking from the top.

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  • Jake Gibson
    Jake Gibson Feb 23, 2016

    I'm sorry to hear about your 40 gallon water heater leaking from the top. My parents had a similar situation happen to their water heater last spring. I think they ended up getting a few bids from some licensed, experienced, and reputable professionals. I'm not sure if they ended up needing a new one or just getting their old water heater repaired. Good luck, I hope it's an easy fix! http://www.333help.com/water-heaters/

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If water heater is leaking, then open following 2 links to avoid tank rupture and troubleshoot leak:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Emergency-steps-for-leaking-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-is-leaking.html

Open following link if you want to install your own gas water heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

40 gallon electric heater at Lowes costs 207, and is easy do-it-yourself using same basic information shown in link above for installing gas heater, except less work.

To have gas water heater installed, can run $2-300 for installation plus cost of heater.
40 gallon natural gas water heater at Lowes starts at $300+, and tanks with longer warranty cost more and last longer.
Trailers require specific type of gas water heater, so be sure to request correct model.

If you maintain the tank: keep chemicals out of same room as gas water heater, attach bare copper ground wire between hot and cold pipes, flush tank each 6 months, clean gas burner each year as shown in manual, read the manual entirely for specific information about your model, and inspect/replace anode rod every 2-3 years then basic 6-year tank can last much longer.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html

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I have water in the junction box on top of my hot water heater and into the electrical conduit leading to the hot water heater.


I do not see your earlier post with photo.

The problem could be the conduit.....
-disconnect the conduit and wires from water heater
-run wire into a junction box set lower than top of water heater... -then run another #10 wire from the junction box up to water heater...
-So if water is coming from conduit, it will accumulate into junction box and not in the water heater wiring cavity.

Next thing....
... a water softener can cause rusted tank.
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-causing anode rod to deplete faster...
-once anode rod is gone, then tank begins to rust.
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http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-maintain-water-heater.html
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http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

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http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-leaking.html

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