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Old 12-29-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Water Heater Leak.

I've got an old 50 gallon gas water heater located in the basement. We noticed this morning that we didn't have much hot water. When I checked the water heater there was a definite area of slow drainage from under the water heater to the drain in the basement (maybe 7 feet away). There is no visible "moving" water, but the drainage path is definitely moist. Foolishly, I turned off the pilot light before confirming whether it was burning or not. After relighting the pilot and giving it some time, I had enough hot water to comfortably shower, but I think I turned the water heater up a little higher than it was before. I'm a complete nube when it comes to water heater maintenance, but I'm guessing that there's a leak from a corroded storage tank in the water heater, and turning up the temperature setting simply heated the water faster, allowing enough heated water for a hot shower. Is there a quick easy way to determine what is leaking and whether the tank needs to be replaced? It's got to be more than 10 years old, but I'd like to squeeze another couple of years out of it if I can.
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:49 PM   #2
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If the interior tank is leaking then it is time. You can run it till the leak gets larger but if that happens when you are gone or sleeping the water fill will run continuous wide open. It could be days/hours away from letting go.
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:49 PM   #3
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Check on top of hwh around the nipples with a flashlight really good and the plumbing to determine if any water is leaking from above. If not, I know of no way to squeeze any more life out of it and it would have to be replaced if it's leaking from the interior tank anywhere.

They have them on sale everyday at the big box stores for under 400 dollars. No bells or whistles, not the best, but they put out hot water and have a 5 year warantee.

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