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Old 02-10-2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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Hi guys! I just went down to my basement and noticed that the pipes leading to the hot water heater are VERY rusted as well as the top of the water heater and what looks like water dripping down. This water heater is about 7 years old.
Is this an emergency? Should I replace this one or its not a big deal?


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Old 02-10-2013, 03:42 PM   #2
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It looks like it's leaking.

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Old 02-10-2013, 03:46 PM   #3
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I am wondering if it can be saved or it needs to be changed
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I am wondering if it can be saved or it needs to be changed
Whether it can be saved or not is almost immaterial.
The work needed to save it is *more* than the work needed to install a new one.
You may as well pony up the rest now.

If you'll be hiring it done? Look for the name of the plumber who installed this one and then find somebody else.
I'm surprised to see an AO Smith installed so poorly.
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Thanks! What would you say the plumber did incorrectly? So that I can recognize for the future.
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Change it. Cut the copper pipe just above that galvanized nipple and throw the galvanized out. Do this on both the hot and cold sides. The easiest fix would be to replace the connection with a flexible water heater supply kit. You'll either have to sweat a male adapter onto the copper, use a shark bite male adapter, or you can get flex lines with a shark bite fitting on one end. Go into the tank with dielectric nipples. Many flexible connector kits come with them.


But you've got more problems. On your hot line coming out, I'd recommend replacing everything from just past that first elbow to the tee. That tee looks like it's leaking. Unfortunately, since it appears to be butted against the next elbow, you'll probably have to cut that one out too. You could try sweating everything apart, cleaning it all up really well, and re-soldering, but you'll have a hard time getting all the water out and after all that work there's a good chance it will still leak. I wouldn't recommend this route.

If you're not good at soldering pipe or have never done it before, it's time to call a plumber. A leak above a gas appliance isn't really the best place to learn that skill.

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Thanks! Im definitely going to call a plumber! This is not my area of expertise thats for sure.
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I have a question. What is the black motor on top for. I have never seen one of those before. Some kind of pump?
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It's a power-vented water heater. That black box and the PVC pipe are the venting system.
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You're on borrowed time my friend! I haven't seen a 7 year old heater look that bad in a while
Looks like the tank and pipes are ready to rupture. You need a new tank and copper pipes at the corrosion points.
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I'd be investigating the vent of the tank you have there. Most power vented tanks aren't designed to take in the condensate that will form within the venting and thus manufacturer's ask for the venting to either be sloped downwards away from the tank, or to have an addition condensate kit added to the tank. More often then not I see these style of tanks installed with an upward slope and no condensate kit and they end up lasting 3-6 years before being complete destroyed.
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you need to change it now...don't wait as mentioned looks bad for only 7 yrs old ..ben sr
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Question about the jumper ground wire, is this because it is copper or showed all water heaters have this?
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I suspect that your anode is gone too. Replace with a magnesium anode now.

Your kidding asking if this is an emergency right?
or are you looking

forward to an in-home pool?
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THANKS FOR ALL THE SUGGESTIONS EVERYONE!! I AM GOING TO HAVE IT CHANGE IMMEDIATELY!

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