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Old 05-13-2013, 05:45 PM   #16
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thats the electric going to the heater....its not gas. but as biggles said shut off electric till fixed...ben sr

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Old 05-13-2013, 06:02 PM   #17
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There's an 8" sq gray box that says; "Florida power and Light" next to the HWH but I can't get it open.

I flipped off the circuit breakers. There are 2, one over the other, that read, "HWH", so I turned them both off.

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Old 05-13-2013, 06:05 PM   #18
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is that water on top of the tank??? or just rust..see that small panel screwed down that is the 230V for the heater...connection from the disconnect...if that is water and it wets those connection the entire metal piping system in your house will be drawing 115V to anybody touching it hot and cold faucet could actually throw out a shock and worse when in the shower...so tell us is that wet on top there...
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It was rusty water, but now that I wiped it and cleaned off the top, it's just clear water.

It continues to puddle there (on top) since I noticed it and came here for help.

The plumber didn't call me back. I'll try him again.

I really hate being shocked. I live alone, but am I safe now that the circuit breakers are off? I was going to hurry and take a shower while the water is still hot.
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Good news thats a electric tank much cheaper then gas to buy.
Yes shut it off until you replace it....
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Now this is a do it your self site... HWT are not hard to do.... HINT HINT...
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HUH? That is BX electrical cable. The Brass T&P Valve is screwed into the Steel female receiver welded to the tank, what brass adapter???? I use FelPro Antiseize compound on these connections, not teflon tape.
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I like learning things here so I know what's going on in my house. And, so I'm prepared to make a decision if a worker asks me a question.

Anything with electric scares me. I'm just going to be so sad if I have to buy a new HWH now.

PS, I'm from NE Ohio.
You know what gets me? When I grew up we never had to call a repairman. We never ran out of hot water. The toilet never stopped working (you had to jiggle the handle), my folks had the same fridge my whole life, plus another 30 yrs after I left home. And the bathroom sink faucets never leaked, the old ones with white enamel on the handle. Why am I always having to fix things?

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so the cold water pressure which is constant is weeping thru the steel tank female threads or from to the adapter to the brass of the relief..threads.if your handy all you have to do is shut off the cold water to it/electric to it,and remove the tank pressure thru that relief blow it off into a bucket.take a channel locks pipe wrench and remove the relief and adapter clean the threads up and refit it...then keep an eye on it...for weeping when the tank is refilled and at setpoint with hot water within. you don't need a new heater but a plumber is going to wave his hand at it and "Ya you need a new one"<<<<<<that's YOU...fix it as I suggested...<<<and this is you plumber will bang you for an easy $1200 if not more...do you know how much beer and burgers that will buy.....so there is your incentive to attack that leak..
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ghostmaker.

I like learning things here so I know what's going on in my house. And, so I'm prepared to make a decision if a worker asks me a question.

Anything with electric scares me. I'm just going to be so sad if I have to buy a new HWH now.

PS, I'm from NE Ohio.
You know what gets me? When I grew up we never had to call a repairman. We never ran out of hot water. The toilet never stopped working (you had to jiggle the handle), my folks had the same fridge my whole life, plus another 30 yrs after I left home. And the bathroom sink faucets never leaked, the old ones with white enamel on the handle. Why am I always having to fix things?
Bet you didn't realize what your Dad (or Mom) did
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LOL, that could be true. They never complained about anything. If I have a problem like this I drone on and on about it.
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I like learning things here so I know what's going on in my house. And, so I'm prepared to make a decision if a worker asks me a question.

Anything with electric scares me. I'm just going to be so sad if I have to buy a new HWH now.

PS, I'm from NE Ohio.
You know what gets me? When I grew up we never had to call a repairman. We never ran out of hot water. The toilet never stopped working (you had to jiggle the handle), my folks had the same fridge my whole life, plus another 30 yrs after I left home. And the bathroom sink faucets never leaked, the old ones with white enamel on the handle. Why am I always having to fix things?

To bad your in Florida I would come over and throw a new tank in for ****s and giggles. I get bored inspecting...

To answer your question things are designed to break today. Back in our time they used to make things for quality. I'm afraid to say that time is no longer.

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LOL, that could be true. They never complained about anything. If I have a problem like this I drone on and on about it.
Me TOO.... it's part of getting older... oh sh-- I meant "mature"
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lol, you guys are funny.

Last time I lived in Ohio, till 2011, I lived next to the Amish and if they could manage without hot water I can too.

Hoping the plumber comes soon.
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You could go to the Home Depot and put it on one of there new shiny cards. They usually give you a year to pay it off no interest. We then could walk you through a install. It is not hard at all. Just turn off the power and disconnect the 3 wire in the top slap a new one in and wire her back up.

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