Bottom 6 inches of my water heater VERY hot to the touch


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Old 07-10-13, 04:03 PM
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Bottom 6 inches of my water heater VERY hot to the touch

Went downstairs and noticed a "hot" smell. Led me to the furnace room where I noticed my hot water heater very hot to the touch at the base, so hot that I cannot hold my hand to it. What's going on? Is my hot water heater on it's way out? Dangerous?

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Is it a gas or electric water heater? How old is it?
 
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Old 07-10-13, 05:10 PM
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Gas... and it was here when we bought the house about 18 years ago. Time for retirement?
 
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Old 07-10-13, 05:13 PM
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:alarm:Shut the gas off to the heater asap...


You may have a dangerous situation there....


Call a pro if you will not install yourself... 18 years it has paid for itself....Replace
 
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Old 07-10-13, 05:19 PM
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Yeah... have a plumber coming in the morning. I turned it way down for now. Is that enough? Cool to the touch now.
 
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What's the danger? How do I turn the gas off to the heater?
 
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Old 07-10-13, 05:43 PM
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should be a gas valve on the gas line going to the heater...

Or on the gas valve where you turned the temp down. On top there is a pilot/off dial... Turn it off...

Danger? Should not be hot like that... Could be faulty gas valve and possibly an explosion can occur... Espeacially the fact you said its so hot and no mention of the relief valve tripping.

This is what happens when the HWH is in runaway mode and not turning off, and the relief valve is plugged and not working...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9bU-I2ZiML0#at=109 People do not believe me when I tell them I found water heaters 1000 ft away from a house where the water heater was in the basement...
 
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Ok... I am convinced. I'll go turn it off.
 
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Thank you very much by the way.
 
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Old 07-10-13, 06:47 PM
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No problem.... I never wish anyone to get hurt and always promote safety... I dont know whats going on with your heater but better safe then sorry...

I am also happy that this show did these tests.... It shows people what can happen when the two safety devices fail in the HWH. The gas valve and the relief valve...

Oh buy the way... Take some pics of the old heater... I would like to see it... The relief valve did not trip huh????

Last is AO smith is a good heater... All I use and install. My suggestion is don't put in a home store units... Like GE, whirlpool and the like...

AO smith or Bradford white... Its all I recommend....
 
 

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