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Old 03-17-2009, 02:16 PM   #1
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water heater leaking from cap

i have a gas water heater that just started leaking from the top, from under the cap. can this be fixed and, if so, how?


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Old 03-17-2009, 05:31 PM   #2
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i have a gas water heater that just started leaking from the top, from under the cap. can this be fixed and, if so, how?

Most likely it's from 1 of the water fittings that screws into the top of the tank


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Old 03-17-2009, 05:38 PM   #3
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I have had a fitting (a nipple) on a hot water tank top connection rust out. I was able to dig out the remains and screw on a new fitting and fix it.

If this is not the case then you have an ordinary tank failure and the heater is kaput, fubar, fini.
The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:43 PM   #4
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I had a GE go out on me a couple of months ago. I thought one of the connections was leaking but after checking and checking I called a plumber out to check and/or retighten or replace whatever. He told me that most likely since water was seeping from under the lid that the tank was gone.
Kudos to HD, they looked at the mfg date, verified that it was under warranty and replaced it!
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