Water Heater Leak Fixable? - Plumbing - DIY Home Improvement | DIYChatroom
Advertisement


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Display Modes
Old 08-22-2015, 03:17 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 207
Rewards Points: 374
Default

Water heater leak fixable?


My water heater has a small leak coming from the top. It looks like it might be coming from a crack in the white gasket (does this piece have a different name?). Pics attached.

Can I fix this? If so, what to do I need to do?

Thanks in advance,
CG
Attached Thumbnails
Water heater leak fixable?-wh1.jpg   Water heater leak fixable?-wh2.jpg   Water heater leak fixable?-wh3.jpg  
costgeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-22-2015, 04:02 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 11,194
Rewards Points: 5,348
Default


The plastic is just a bushing around the metal collar. It has no water sealing function. The nut you see inside the plastic is the sacrificial anode. By the bump on top, it's a magnesium metal anode.
Has that anode ever been changed?
How old is the unit?
How good are you at plumbing?
You can pull out the anode to check how much of it is left. Maybe Teflon tape part of the threads to see if the leak stops.
Are you sure the water is coming from the anode area?
__________________
Ron
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
B. Franklin 1759
Ron6519 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-22-2015, 04:27 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 207
Rewards Points: 374
Default


Well I can't tell how old the unit is. The only date on it says 1992 but it seems to be referencing code it complies with. It's been here since I've owned the house since 2012.

There is a fair amount of corrosion where the hot and cold connect to the tank. Upon closure look there is moisture at both these connections. The hot definitely has it's own source of water (the moisture doesn't connect to anything else. Between the cold and anode it hard to tell which is the source but the cold seems more likely?

I've done a bunch of 1/2" in various places in the house and replace the main valve myself so I'm comfortable doing plumbing. But I've never worked on a water heater before...
costgeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-22-2015, 04:46 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 81
Default


It's dead Jim. Best to start over before it floods your house
gassyplumber is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to gassyplumber For This Useful Post:
SHR Plumber (08-24-2015)
Old 08-22-2015, 05:20 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: PA
Posts: 5,918
Rewards Points: 582
Default


is sure looks like a leaker to me....replace it...
ben's plumbing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2015, 05:43 PM   #6
Water Treatment
 
Akpsdvan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Alaska
Posts: 1,078
Rewards Points: 1,184
Default


Think that I would go with Gass and Ben on this with a replace.. if it is back into the 90's and there is leak and questions on just where it is from .. better to look at a replacement sooner rather than later before the dam breaks on the thing and makes a mess.
Akpsdvan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2015, 07:23 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 11,194
Rewards Points: 5,348
Default


Has it rained there lately? Could water have come down the vent?
If you dry off the area, does the water come back quickly?
How long have you owned the property?
__________________
Ron
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
B. Franklin 1759
Ron6519 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Tags
leak , water heater


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
STATE water heater failures SinCityKid Plumbing 5 05-02-2013 10:22 PM
Solar hot water indatom123 Green Home Improvement 0 12-19-2010 12:01 AM
Cold water is warm - hot water leak under slab? Homerepairguy Plumbing 9 10-13-2010 08:17 PM
Periodic release from (I think) the T&P valve on the water heater alexz Plumbing 3 08-15-2006 10:31 AM
Hot water heater leak? ddasher8 Plumbing 1 07-03-2005 05:00 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts