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Old 09-13-2015, 01:47 PM   #1
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Hotwater tank water leak and no hot water


Hi, please help with my hot water tank issue.

This water tank is bradford white gad water tank, has been in the house since day one I believe, so it is about 13 years old. (Maybe it's time to replace it).

This morning when I try to have a shower realize suddenly that hot water is gone. I went to basement and see water spilled out from bottom of the water tank, the hotwater fan is still running, but there is only cold water from anywhere of my house.

I checked the T&P valve it is dry, if I manually release the valve there is water coming out.

Drain valve is dry, there is no water.

On the top, peeping though the insulation around the connector of cold and hot water pipe, I can see the both are soaking wet, only the hot water pipe side is wet more.

Open the electric cover, everything is very dry.

Open the bottom cover, the bottom rim of the hot water tank is pretty rusty, seems there has been water there before.

I already shut of the switch and water of the water tank.

I included a lot of pictures, you can see the full album here: http://imgur.com/a/he1BN

Please guide me what I need check next? thanks
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Sounds like the water heater has rusted out and sprung a leak.
Time for a new one.
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I just went down to basement and turned the cold water on, there are water immediately spring out from base of the hot water outlet, is it a common spot for failure? shall I try replace the dip tube first? or just go directly replace the whole hot water tank?
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The water tanks has sprung a leak. It's kaput. Time for a new one . Thirteen years is about as long a gas water will last
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Alright, i am heading HomeDepot now, lol. Thanks guys.
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May I suggest you get another Bradford White?

I have had trouble getting repair parts for any brand sold in the big box stores--only parts are available through the mail----who wants to wait for a shower until the post man arrives?
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Power vent or Direct vent?


Here am I again, I still haven't decide which to go, power vent or direct vent? My old gas hot water tank has power vent, do I have to replace it with a power vent water heater?

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PS: I know I stink.
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I'll 2nd the recommendation on the Bradford White. I've also found they aren't any more expensive than going to the box stores, in fact I think I've paid less.
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Yes, if your system is designed for a power vent--then that is what you need.
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Power vent requires a power vent replacement.
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Bradford white ...power vent.... get errr done...
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Oh boy, the old which brand of water heater to purchase discussion. I love when customers have Bradford White water heaters. I am in the middle of replacing hundreds of leaking 6 year old Bradford Whites in a local development. I always replace with Rheem. But, kids in college so everyone else keep recommending and installing Bradford White. I love the premature replacement work!
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They all are the same junk now. Lifetime of the average tank is 6 years. That way more can be sold. Sort of like all new appliances they all have built in failures.
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