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Old 12-05-2016, 10:58 AM   #1
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I have a gas water heater that has a pinhole leak on the inner flue pipe. It's close to the top, I can see it clearly. Is there any posible way this can be repaired? Patched?
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:09 AM   #2
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I have a gas water heater that has a pinhole leak on the inner flue pipe. It's close to the top, I can see it clearly. Is there any posible way this can be repaired? Patched?
I personally would not repair a pin hole leak in my flue pipe, especially if it were due to old age or defective manufacturer.

If you must, as in some instances, J B Weld comes to mind as a possible solution.
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:12 AM   #3
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The heater is just over 7 yrs old. I know the best thing to do would be a new one but just trying to buy some time.
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Since you said pin hole leak I assume that you mean a pin hole water leak. If so, there is no repair. Not even JB Weld. If you could apply the JB weld you would only be applying it to corroded metal. If you could stop the leak now it won't be long before the water pressure would cause another leak next to it.

Leaks in water heater tanks always occur at the welds use to make the tank. No one is quite sure why but if one weld has deteriorated to the point of leaking, then other welds are have also deteriorated.

The risk of trying to patch a leaking tank is that next week you will come home and find your house flooded.

Time to replace before you create a bigger problem.
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Post a picture so we can see what your seeing.
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:35 PM   #6
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I ended up buying a new one and installed it last night.
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