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Old 10-29-2014, 04:05 PM   #1
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Leak at water heater

Help! When we left yesterday I discovered a water leak at the water heater. Looks like its dripping out the burner. Cleaned it all up and when we stopped for the night I hooked up the water and fired the burner, worked fine and no leak. This morning it's wet again at the bottom of the burner, not running out just a seep. Trailer is two years old and water heater has been cleaned and had a new anode rod every year. Would this be a connection or a leaking tank? Can I get to it from the basement or does the whole thing come out the side? Just need some advise here as I don't know if I should tackle this or have it done. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:35 PM   #2
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are you sure it's not leaking from the pressure relief valve and running down? When you empty the hot water and reheat an entire tank it builds up pressure and some times causes a drip from the valve. Depending where the valve points it could run down anywhere.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:41 PM   #3
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Pressure relief valve is dry, that was the first place I went. We were in some heavy rain a couple of weeks ago and it blew on that side pretty hard. My first thoughts were that it blew in there and since we were on electric it didn't dry out. Wishful thinking.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:48 PM   #4
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Could it just be sweat? I've had sweat drip down in the burner and make some sizzle occasionally.
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:11 PM   #5
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Wouldn't think it would be sweat as it hasn't done it before when we were in a lot more humidity. We're in Amarillo now headed to South Texas and it's really dry here. If you spit here it never hits the ground!
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:13 PM   #6
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just a thought. Texas is usually far more humid than us.
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Old 10-29-2014, 06:18 PM   #7
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More info. Just took the burner tube and igniter out of the hole to see better. The water seeps into the burner space from the side of the space about six inches in. Not being familiar with the system, I'm going to assume that the tank is leaking. Does this sound right?
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Old 10-29-2014, 06:36 PM   #8
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I would guess a fitting at the back end, but you probably won't know till you get in there. It's all wrapped in insulation.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:00 PM   #9
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So thru the basement? Don't know if I can get my big belly in there!
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:22 PM   #10
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That's how my tech got to mine - he disappeared way back in there and was squatting behind it. But he was a small guy.
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