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Old 03-31-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Water heater overflow leaking

I noticed a small drip coming out of the overflow pipe. Is this a concern? It is an electric water heater and is approximately 12 years old. The unit seems to be working ok otherwise.


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Old 03-31-2012, 05:02 PM   #2
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Keep in mind that heater is behind the expected life span.
Try flipping up the lever and poping it right back down. That may reseat it.
If it's still leaking check the water temp. it should not be above 120 deg.
Still leaking, just change it.
Never ever cap it off!!


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If it's still leaking, check the system pressure. . . . .

You may have a failed pressure regulator or expansion tank.
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A leak is bad. That means too much pressure is building up= faulty water heater. You may just want to replace it.....

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Replace the temperature/pressure relief valve. Also install an expansion tank if not already, or repressurize the one already there.
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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