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abefroman 01-23-2013 07:51 PM

Leaking water heater, what could this be?
 
My water heater is leaking, I have water in the pan, and some on the floor as well.

Are there usually simple fixes for this, or is it more likely the thing is shot.

The energy saver sticker says 1994 on it, is that the year it was made?

TIA

ben's plumbing 01-23-2013 08:04 PM

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Originally Posted by abefroman (Post 1100500)
My water heater is leaking, I have water in the pan, and some on the floor as well.

Are there usually simple fixes for this, or is it more likely the thing is shot.

The energy saver sticker says 1994 on it, is that the year it was made?

TIA

pictures are worth 1000 words or in your case an answer to your question..ben sr

abefroman 01-23-2013 08:29 PM

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Originally Posted by ben's plumbing (Post 1100510)
pictures are worth 1000 words or in your case an answer to your question..ben sr

The outside looks fine, I'm guessing the leak is inside, not sure how to open it.

Gymschu 01-23-2013 08:39 PM

Well, I'll say it since no one else has yet........the water heater has surpassed its lifespan, especially if it received little or no maintenance over the years. You're talking almost 20 years of service and the tank is likely deteriorating from the INSIDE OUT. Time to bite the bullet and get a new one. If it's electric you can get a replacement from your electrical service provider and make monthly payments. If it's gas, I'm sure the gas co. also has a similar program. Worth looking into.

abefroman 01-23-2013 08:43 PM

Dang, OK the big question, tank or tankless? (for gas)

I know its been brought up here before, whats the latest on these, early on tankless weren't that popular because no one knew how to service them.

TheEplumber 01-23-2013 11:35 PM

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Originally Posted by abefroman (Post 1100533)
Dang, OK the big question, tank or tankless? (for gas)

I know its been brought up here before, whats the latest on these, early on tankless weren't that popular because no one knew how to service them.

You'll get opinions both ways. There are several pros & cons threads here that address this. Perhaps try a site search.
Two big things to consider- Will your current gas supply handle it- Probably not.
How long are you willing to wait for the pay back from the cost of the tankless unit and gas piping

abefroman 01-23-2013 11:58 PM

What size piping should I have for the tankless?

Currently I have half inch, which comes off a 3/4 inch, about 5 feet up and 3 feet over.

ben's plumbing 01-24-2013 12:05 AM

alot of tankless heaters require 3/4" feeds...but check with the manufactor of heater you want ...ben sr

TheEplumber 01-24-2013 12:11 AM

Here are a few threads-
http://www.diychatroom.com/f7/tankle...r-info-168967/
http://www.diychatroom.com/f7/i-just...-heater-83185/
http://www.diychatroom.com/f2/would-...heater-163544/

abefroman 01-24-2013 12:32 AM

Regarding the tank models, whats better atmospheric vent or power vent?

hvac benny 01-24-2013 12:39 AM

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Originally Posted by abefroman
What size piping should I have for the tankless?

Currently I have half inch, which comes off a 3/4 inch, about 5 feet up and 3 feet over.

You'll need to have your gas piping assessed as a system to see if it can handle the load. Even if you had a 3/4" line to the water heater, it wouldn't necessarily mean you have enough capacity. Also, your gas meter and/or regulator may not be able to supply the demand for a tankless. I install larger meters and higher pressure regulators regularly because people have tankless water heaters installed.

747 01-24-2013 01:33 AM

Time for new water heater. Just put back what you have. OR spend more and go tank-less. There are alot of internal components to a tank-less. Not to mention they fire at higher BTU so gas line needs to be verified.

Alan 01-24-2013 09:34 AM

I would love someone to write a FAQ for tankless water heaters.... Me, I have pretty limited experience with them. What I do know about them, it aint good, so i'd be pretty biased IMO.

Volunteers? :thumbup:

747 01-24-2013 10:58 PM

If you going tank less go RINNAI. This is what my plumber prefers.

plummen 01-24-2013 11:33 PM

How about a picture of what youve got so we have an idea of what you have to work with?:wink:


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