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Startingover 05-13-2013 11:37 AM

water heater water in catch tray
 
I do not have one cent left for repairs this month.

I was alarmed when I happened to walk past the 9 yo AO Smith water heater and spotted water in the black plastic catch tray underneath it.

There's a 1/2" of water.

The answer I want to hear is; 'That's normal and forget about it.' But with my luck I'm expecting the worst.

Just when I finished projects in my new house, for the summer, I was thinking, "well, I won't need the DIY site anymore".

DidIDoThat 05-13-2013 11:45 AM

If you lucky the T&P valve opened up.
If not you have a leaker and a new tank is in your near future.

Startingover 05-13-2013 11:54 AM

dididothat,

Thanks. From what I glanced at when googling 't & p valve', I think I'll call the plumber.http://www.diychatroom.com/images/icons/icon9.gif

Is it safe to wait and see if the water gets deeper before calling a plumber?

DidIDoThat 05-13-2013 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Startingover (Post 1178308)
dididothat,

Thanks. From what I glanced at when googling 't & p valve', I think I'll call the plumber.http://www.diychatroom.com/images/icons/icon9.gif

Is it safe to wait and see if the water gets deeper before calling a plumber?

Where is the heater located and where dose it drain to ?

Startingover 05-13-2013 12:15 PM

It's in the garage, near the house.

I don't know where it drains to. Where do I look to determine that?

DidIDoThat 05-13-2013 12:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Startingover (Post 1178323)
It's in the garage, near the house.

I don't know where it drains to. Where do I look to determine that?

The drip pan has a drain on it, it should be attatched to a pipe to drain off the water that has leaked into the pan.

Startingover 05-13-2013 12:40 PM

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dididothat,

leaning down to take a pic of the tray my arm got wet. Looked up and there is a tiny stream of water coming from the top. Here's a photo of the top. What does this mean? It doesn't look rusty on top, just in the photo.

btw, It seems the tray drains into a pvc, going into the wall of the house. (I assume into a drain).

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DidIDoThat 05-13-2013 12:43 PM

Get a towel and dry the top off really well.
You should then be able to see if its coming from the cold, hot or t&P connections.

Startingover 05-13-2013 01:02 PM

ok, wiped with big towel, then put paper towels down, to determine location of leak. Paper towels got wet right away.

Best I can tell is...............it's not the hot or cold water. (didn't know they were marked on top).

See the short 2" brass pipe in the middle with the silver thing on top..........well it's not that.

BUT behind the short pipe is a big flat nut going down into the water heater. The leak seems to be coming from the big nut.

DidIDoThat 05-13-2013 01:14 PM

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Blue is cold and red is hot. The one in the middle is the T&P valve.
The flat nut your speaking about is most likely the anode rod.
You might get lucky and be able to remove it and replace with a new one.

The pencil is pointing to the anode rod nut.

Startingover 05-13-2013 01:19 PM

Yes, that's it exactly!!!

This is quite a coincidence.

On this site I just learned, 2 wks ago, about "Anode Rods" and decided to replace mine. I was going to wait a month or so till I had more money. Had other repairs, new AC and new toilet so $$ a bit tight, but I'll find a way to get this taken care of.

Will it be safe to wait a week at least? I mean if I had to I'd turn the hot water off till next week if that would help.

DidIDoThat 05-13-2013 01:27 PM

You can wait, if you like rolling the dice.
Leaks NEVER get better with more time.

Startingover 05-13-2013 01:33 PM

You don't know how much I appreciate this.

This is a great site.

biggles 05-13-2013 04:48 PM

is that a flexed gas line :no: going into the top of that heater...:wink: that is the access plate for the 230V connection for that electric heater your kidding,shut that power off asap :eek:and dry that top and find out where the water is weeping from ..my bet the adapter for the relief valve...steel tank female... black adapter male ....brass relief into that.remove the pressure off the tank and refit that relief with a brass adapter...Teflon tape all threads

Startingover 05-13-2013 05:25 PM

biggles,

now I'm nervous. No, I don't have gas. Do I still need to shut it off?

I'm waiting on a call back from the plumber.


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