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My Rheem hot water heater is leaking, and I need to shut the water off, how and where do I do that? Model # 71/40D

Model # 71-40D

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Assuming this water heater is tank type..... Most plumbers will have a cutoff valve located at the water heater or they should have.... if there is not a valve there then the next option will be at water meter located outside or in basement depending on the area you live in......if you dwelling is supplied by a well then you may have a valve in next to the pump or determine what breaker supplies the power to well and turn it off.... ( this will take a little time for the pressure to drop low enough to actually slow the water leak) if the leak is on the tank then you must cut power off to the unit and remove unit or drain the tank to stop the water from spreading( if unit is an electric)

Posted on Apr 17, 2012

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Open following link to identify source of leak, and possiblesteps to repair or replace.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.htmlIf water heater has rusted out within 1 year, then warranty will cover replacement water heaterIf it has been longer than one year, then warranty might be pro-rated

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Posted on May 19, 2012

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SOURCE: Rheem 50 Gal Hot Water Heater will not stay lit

On the back of the gas valve (where you turn the temp up) there is a stem that actually goes into the tank that senses the temprature of the water it could be dirty or buried in sediment depending on how old the tank is, or just bad. if the tank is over 10 years old i wouldn't bother replacing the gas valve, the tank is probably not far behind. A new valve will run around $100.00 maybe a little less. You wont find it at menards or home depot in stock but they may be able to order it for you. Menards sells rheem products or try you local plumbing supply house. REMEMBER TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE ON THE TANK BEFORE YOU WORK ON IT. IF YOU CHANGE THE VALVE DRAIN IT FIRST!

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

HANK MCNEIL

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SOURCE: Hot water tank leak

drain valve must have already been leaking, that's why someone put the cap on. It's ok to cap the drain but never the pressure/temp relief. If the water is coming out of the drain (not around it) you could either replace the cap or the drain valve to stop the leak - otherwise it's time for a new water heater.

Posted on May 24, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: My Rheem hot water heater stopped putting out hot

If you are not familiar with the element, I would get someone that is familiar with one and have them do it. It's not something I would recommend you do based on your question. There's electrical, pressurized water tank, and a whole lot of water that may cause you to have a worse bad day.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

HANK MCNEIL

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SOURCE: I have a Rheem glas fury model 22-40 gas water - leaking

once they leak it's time for a new water heater. ther is no way to repair a tank leak

Posted on Oct 23, 2009

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SOURCE: my rheem water heater model 81v520 is leaking

The tank may be corroded and you may need a new unit. Check to make sure that the water is not coming from any of the water connections that are higher up on the unit. Also check the drain plug to make sure it's secure. I don't know the age of the water heater but it may be time to replace. Most people don't know that water heaters require maintenace (draining the tank to remove sediment) from time to time.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010

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