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Old 02-01-2015, 02:03 PM
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Today I noticed a leak in the garage; the bad news is it's from the water heater but at least I cold track it to the source. Water seems to be weeping up from all three ports, plus the relief valve is super corroded. Probably two unrelated problems but everything I've read so far suggests a new heater is in my near future.

I've cut the supply and power, what's next?
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:05 PM
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drain it?
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:10 PM
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Get a new heater. I had same problem, water coming out the top. Had to get a new one. Problem was, i couldn't just go buy a new one and hook it up because i have copper pipes and it had to be soldered/welded, which i can't do.
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:12 PM
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That sucker is toast. Worst thing is the drain may be plugged and you have to move it full of water.
I had to move 50 gals so ran a hose from the cold water intake and dumped it on its side to drain it.
It was in a daylight basement so was able to run hose out the door to drain.
When you get the new one add a shutoff valve to both the hot and cold water lines for easy replacement.
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:15 PM
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Soldering is very easy if you get the water out of the pipes. Changing water heaters are plumbers bread and butter!
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by sherman704 View Post
Soldering is very easy if you get the water out of the pipes. Changing water heaters are plumbers bread and butter!
This. Hell, they make solder less fittings, just heat.
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:25 PM
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I do a Ton of 'em $150 a pop + parts and supplies ONLY IN EAST PASCO !

may need to siphon the tank ...

NEW CODE = QD , SU , Exp tank & Pan use #10-3 wire in BX from the QD ... ;-)

or if 12-2 change elements to 3500 watts ...

Over and Out ...
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:28 PM
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I did mine myself. Solder less connections.
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:32 PM
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Roger what Tommy said he be a plumber!!!! Be careful f that old tank. I bet it has some real thin spots. Shut off water and power when not in use. Release pressure on hot water faucet to be sure. Won't keep it from leaking, but will mimimize it till it's replaced !
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Old 02-01-2015, 03:22 PM
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Cut the copper and snatched it out...use the solder less fittings to put it back....
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put a hose on the drain and open the drain with the water feed still on, the pressure will clear the plugged drain and then shut the feed and drail the heater, you have to let air in do drain it so after pressure is off heater pop the relief valve to lrt air in, good luck! if u dont solder then hire a plumber to change it, not worth the aggrivation, also shut the power b 4 draining,
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tommu u get 150 to change them, where r u from? we get 4 times that around here
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Old 02-01-2015, 03:46 PM
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New tank and pick up the Sharkbite flex hoses, piece of cake. You can change that out in an hour with a helper.
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
New tank and pick up the Sharkbite flex hoses, piece of cake. You can change that out in an hour with a helper.
And they work good. I think Both Home depot and Lowes both have a version or the same type. And I can solder. Who needs to any more.
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Finished Job with heater and Parts Properly Soldered in and Inspected $575 Total ...Parts and Labor 40 gallon AO Smith

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tommu u get 150 to change them, where r u from? we get 4 times that around here
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Good time to add a water softener
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Originally Posted by Bly View Post
And they work good. I think Both Home depot and Lowes both have a version or the same type. And I can solder. Who needs to any more.
Exactly. I've sweated my share of copper too, but why? Sharkbite will last just as long. The only downside is you'll spend a bit more, but who cares, how often do you change out a HW tank!
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4 tanks of Acetylene 10 K $ in copper fittings in stock ...

I Do Have about $1200 worth of Shark bites in stock though ...

Shark bites do NOT always seal :-( !
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Originally Posted by Tommysmicroskiff View Post
Pasco County Florida


Finished Job with heater and Parts Properly Soldered in and Inspected $575 Total ...Parts and Labor 40 gallon AO Smith
we get 1000.00 for that here for a 6 yr warranty, 10 yr warranty is 1200.00
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Originally Posted by jfalco79 View Post
put a hose on the drain and open the drain with the water feed still on, the pressure will clear the plugged drain and then shut the feed and drail the heater, you have to let air in do drain it so after pressure is off heater pop the relief valve to lrt air in, good luck! if u dont solder then hire a plumber to change it, not worth the aggrivation, also shut the power b 4 draining,
Thanks for the plugged drain tip. Can't believe I never thought of that.
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