Water Heater leaks around top


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Old 12-14-06, 07:56 AM
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Water Heater leaks around top

My water heater - 40 gallon, 15 years old - started leaking around the top seam where the top cap is screwed to the cylinder. It is not leaking anywhere else, but water is leaking out on the top left side. Water was also found in the bottom of the upper element area when you take off the top panel.

Any suggestions about how to repair, or should I just buy a new one?
 
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Old 12-14-06, 01:22 PM
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It sounds like your water heater is shot. Buy a new one.
 
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Old 12-14-06, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by jim-connor
It sounds like your water heater is shot. Buy a new one.
OK Thanks for your help.
 
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Old 12-14-06, 02:43 PM
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Wink

Might check the top of the line for a water heater . You can then get a tax credit from the IRS
 
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Old 12-14-06, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by chadman1
My water heater - 40 gallon, 15 years old - started leaking around the top seam where the top cap is screwed to the cylinder. It is not leaking anywhere else, but water is leaking out on the top left side. Water was also found in the bottom of the upper element area when you take off the top panel.

Any suggestions about how to repair, or should I just buy a new one?
Most water heater don't last that long. Just buy a new one. Even if you were able to fix it, it would probbably fail at an in opportune time, Like Christmas eve. Save $$$, buy high quality/high efficiency.
 
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Old 12-15-06, 05:39 AM
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Previous posters made a good point.... "buy quality". You may want to do a Google search and see which brands are having problems.
 
 

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