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jimleigh1313 07-31-2012 08:25 AM

Water Heater Leak
 
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Hello,
I need to replace the flex line going to my water heater, but it looks like the person who installed it has epoxied the top portion to the male end of the in-pipe. Anyone have any solutions on how to remove this? Thanks!

joecaption 07-31-2012 08:38 AM

Just looks like Teflon pipe dope to me.
Your also missing a needed tee where that line connects for trash in the line to fall into.
It should have been a tee with about a 6" nipple with a cap on one end of the nipple.
Someone also used the wrong flex line, that one's for a water line not a gas line.

danpik 07-31-2012 08:46 AM

I see the top of the water tank so I will surmise this is the water in or out to the tank. Agree that it looks like pipe dope on the threads. A couple of wrenches should loosen that up for you.

joecaption 07-31-2012 08:49 AM

Just looks like Teflon pipe dope to me.
Your also missing a needed tee where that line connects for trash in the line to fall into.
It should have been a tee with about a 6" nipple with a cap on one end of the nipple.
Someone also used the wrong flex line, that one's for a water line not a gas line.

jimleigh1313 07-31-2012 09:05 AM

Thanks for the reply. Yes...it is the water line in that is leaking (it is an electric water heater). It is leaking at the bottom portion of the water flex line. I don't think it is where the pipe seals, but rather the actual hose has failed at the top of the connector. Is pipe dope the correct method of installing these? Why is there no pipe dope where the flex meets the water heater? Again, thanks for the replies!

Alan 07-31-2012 09:25 AM

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Originally Posted by jimleigh1313 (Post 978228)
Why is there no pipe dope where the flex meets the water heater? Again, thanks for the replies!

More than likely because that connection never leaked. Whoever installed it probably took it back apart and put dope on it because it was leaking on the upper end.

Pipe dope shouldn't be needed there, because those are gasketed supplies. If it's leaking, it's either not tight enough, or there is damage to the mating surface.

danpik 07-31-2012 10:40 AM

With the stress being put on that line by it being bent like it is I would not be surprised it is leaking. Personaly I would have never used a flex line like that in that I have seen too many of them fail especcialy when they are contorted like that one is. That is a major problem waiting to happen.


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