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Old 01-11-2018, 10:01 PM   #1
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Today I replaced our old leaking well pressure tank. The old tank was on a 30/50 cut-in/cut-out a the new one is on a 40/60 cut-in/cut-out. Everything went smoothly. I was about to go make myself a Pina Colada to celebrate then noticed the water heater was leaking from the bottom. Upon close inspection none of the fittings were leaking (hot, cold, drain), and the pressure relief was not venting at all. All I can think of is the new system pressure (10-15 PSI more than usual) ruptured the water heater. Could this be the case?

The water heater is 11 years old and has been subject to moderately hard well water. When I opened the drain valve there was some pretty thick orange water coming out for a while. Maybe the anode was gone and it just needed a little push to burst a leak?
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If you don't drain water heater tanks annually to get rid of the sediments that hard water makes, the anode will burn out, then the crud rusts out the bottom of the tank.

So probably you need a new tank, because the higher pressure finished the rust out.

Sorry for the bad news, but your pina colada will have to wait until you get a tank installed.


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On average EOL of a water heater is 12 years, and less with poor water quality, so you got all the goodies out of the tank. Actually 40/60 is a better setting, and should not cause any problems on a good system.
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Thanks - picking up a new water heater today.
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And many will find out as I did after draining my WH twice a year, the factory plastic drain cock will probably start dripping. So I got rid of mine.
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And many will find out as I did after draining my WH twice a year, the factory plastic drain cock will probably start dripping. So I got rid of mine.
Two nits to pick, well maybe 3. Replace the plastic drain valve when you install a new WH. Use a brass nipple vs galvy. Use a full flow ball valve style sillcock.

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