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Old 08-30-10, 06:00 PM
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leaking dip tube

HI, our WH is about a year old and the dip tube is leaking. Can we do anything for that?
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Old 08-30-10, 06:19 PM
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You probably mean the tube or pipe connected to the Temp and Pressure valve (T&P valve) on the side or top of the tank.

The diptube is completely internal to the WH.

You can try lifting the lever and letting it snap back ...but most times if it starts dripping...you need a new T&P valve. Should be covered under warranty...maybe.
 
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so, at the top of the wh there is a white plastic 'cap' and it is leaking (quite alot). Would that have to do with the 't&p'?
 
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You need to describe in more detail what is leaking, because it's unlikely that it's the dip tube.
 
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ok, I'll try!
On top of the water heater, there is the vent in the middle with tubing that goes up through the ceiling. very close to the center vent area is a raised opaque 'cap' and it has water drizzling out and it runs down the water heater. There are two other smaller 'caps', but this one is more raised - maybe1/2 inch raised. I would post a pic, but i'm not allowed
does this help?
 
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The dip tube is located under the hot water outlet.

If the burner opening is in the front of the water heater, the plug for the anode is usually behind the vent pipe, and may be covered with a plastic cover which can be pulled out.
 
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In general, you are going to need to remove whatever plastic plugs are obstructing your view of the leak. You need to observe and identify exactly what is leaking.
 
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Originally Posted by mommamontgomery
HI, our WH is about a year old and the dip tube is leaking. Can we do anything for that?
Thanks,
Lisa
From the other posts I think you are talking about an anode rod, if you have hot and cold pipes going into the top of the heater and you have another pluged opening it's a good chance that's what it is.

They can be replaced but they can be a bear to get out, if it's just leaking at the threads you still have to take it out to seal the leak.
 
 

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