Leaking hot water heater...how long do I have?

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Old 10-19-20, 03:21 PM
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Leaking hot water heater...how long do I have?

Hey everyone,

I noticed my HWH is leaking. It was just a small trickle last night but it's grown a little bit today. I am going to replace myself but can't do it right away. Am I good to wait a couple of days or is this super urgent?

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Old 10-19-20, 03:46 PM
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I couldn't sleep well with a leak so I'd likely shut the fire down and isolate it from the water supply then put it back in service intermittently as needed until it could be replaced. I've taken cold showers more than once.
 
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Old 10-19-20, 04:06 PM
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So you have a tank under pressure leaking water! You can wait but you better shut the water off!
 
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Old 10-19-20, 04:15 PM
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Not long; I'd disconnect it.

If REALLY need hot water,
You MIGHT buy some time by turning down the water pressure (assuming you're on a well).
You REALLY want to turn down the temperature setting, because you don't want to be hit with scalding water when it does let go.
I'd duct-tape some plastic over what looks like a breaker panel next to the HWH.
Pre-position a mop and buckets, and make a dike with some thrift-shop beach towels to lead the water to the sump pump/ drain when it fails.
Make sure the all your shut off valves are accessible, AND that they actually turn.
 
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Shut er down tonight and it's in the process of draining. Gonna replace it tomorrow after work. Thanks for the advice all.
 
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Old 10-19-20, 10:05 PM
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Just remember to turn off the heat as well...
 
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Old 10-20-20, 09:03 AM
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I assume you mean the heat/gas to the water heater and not the furnace?
 
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I would assume that's what he meant - turn the gas off to the water heater.
 
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Old 10-20-20, 09:24 AM
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Yes, turn of the heat, to the water heater.
 
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