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Old 04-12-2014, 07:37 AM   #1
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Woke up this morning and noticed my hot water heater is leaking. Nothing terrible, just a very slow drip.

Unit is over 10 years old and needs to be replaced.

Two questions:

1. how can i stop the drip until it's replaced?
2. how much should i expect to pay to have a new one installed? parts + labor. i live in an area where plumbers charge 150-200/hr

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Old 04-12-2014, 07:41 AM   #2
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Where is it leaking from? Gas or electric?

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Old 04-12-2014, 07:52 AM   #3
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Where is it leaking from? Gas or electric?
its a gas heater. cant see where it's leaking. somewhere on the bottom of the tank.
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If you can't find the leak, time to get on the phone and get some estimates. Too many variables to give you a price on the forum.
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ok so turned off water supply, turned gas valve to off and now draining the tank with a garden hose.

sound about right?
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Yes. That'll do it.
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Perhaps you should go to home depot it get one yourself. Buy a tank that has the exact same type of venting. And a water heater tank connection kit. Before you start take a picture so we can see if it is a difficult install. Also we need to know your state for code compliance.

While draining make sure you open the hot water on a faucet in your house.
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Just a small suggestion---

Buy your new heater from a plumbing supply house----they will stock repair parts for the models that they sell---heaters from the big stores? If you need a part--you must order from the manufacturer and wait for the mail to deliver it.

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