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Default Elec. Water Heater Leak

On Mar 3, 8:36�am, wrote:
On Mar 2, 7:33�pm, "Bob M." wrote:

"Alison" wrote in message


WHY DOESN'T IT LEAK UNTIL REHEATED? �(this could just be our
interpretation. �I had theorized that residual water is draining out
from the insulation, but it stops dripping while the unit is drained
and for several hrs after refilling).

Thanks for your advice.

Because the tank expands a bit when the water's hot. �Loose pipe somewhere
or T&P valve?

This part concerns me:

"We know it was pooled up
at the top of the water heater as well, and leaking down the outside
from the top. �Husband theorized that the water leaked out of the
lower element port, filled up the space between the insulation and
tank, all the way up to the top of the unit and began pooling there. "

It seems unlikely to me that a leak like this is going to be able to
fill the entire tank surround up to the point that it overflows from
the top. �The access panels, etc are not water tight.

I'd get the pipe connection points at the top of the tank dry, then
put some paper towels around them. �Keep an eye on it, leave the
access panel off and see if the towels get wet. �If you're sure it's
not a pipe connection, then I'd call the tank manufacturer about the

If you do get the warranty involved, please report back how it works
for you. � There was a lengthy discussion here a few weeks ago, where
a person shopping for a new tank dismissed warranties as worthless.
I'd be interested in hearing how it works for you, how you had to
proceed with the claim, etc.

if the leak is at a connection the tank is likely rusting from the
inside out.

i would call the manufacturer make a warranty claim and replace the

be espically interested if the leak can flood a finished space, like
carpet etc.

if the warranty is a loser just replace the tank.

are you certain of the tanks age? i write the install date on the
outside for easy reference