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Old 05-13-2013, 10:37 AM   #1
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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".

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

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Thanks. From what I glanced at when googling 't & p valve', I think I'll call the plumber.

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

Thanks. From what I glanced at when googling 't & p valve', I think I'll call the plumber.

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 ?
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It's in the garage, near the house.

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

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You can wait, if you like rolling the dice.
Leaks NEVER get better with more time.
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is that a flexed gas line going into the top of that heater... that is the access plate for the 230V connection for that electric heater your kidding,shut that power off asap 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
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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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