Leaking Hot-Water Tank

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Old 09-05-02, 09:41 AM
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Question Leaking Hot-Water Tank

My flat has an unvented hot-water system which is just over 5 years old. I recently noticed a leak, called a plumber, and discovered that the tank was probably leaking and in need of replacemet. I ripped away some of the tank casing for further investigation. After some time I confirmed that the base of the copper hot-water cylinder was somewhat corroded, and that when the hot-water was on, water would slowly seep out of the tank (although i can't actually see the hole). It's so slow that if i direct a fan at the leak, then the leaking water evaporates as fast as it leaks out. So the problem is manageable.

I'm fairly confident about the location of the leak. Is the leak fixable? Sealed from the outside, or possibly using some sealant from the inside?

Really I want to know what my cheapest option is. The annoying thing is that the unit is guaranteed by manufacturer for 5 years, and it is now 5 years and 5 weeks old!

Thanks in advance,
Darrell
 
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Old 09-05-02, 11:20 AM
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Darrell,
You can safely repair everything on a water heater EXCEPT the tank.
Once the tank starts to fail, it can go from a seep to a major rupture from the heat and pressure in a heart beat.
Sorry. But you need to replace it.
Good Luck!
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Old 09-05-02, 02:57 PM
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Might want to contatc the manufacturer. They might replace it as a good will warranty since it's so close to the expiration of the warranty.
 
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Old 09-05-02, 03:00 PM
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Good idea, Gary.
You never know.
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