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Old 04-20-21, 02:08 PM
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Coming apart

Hello everyone! I have an electric heater and it is coming apart at the bottom. Anyone have any idea why? It is only about 3 years old. I tried to take a picture but it not very clear. The ring is coming off. It is not leaking yet.
 
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Old 04-20-21, 02:21 PM
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Many water heaters have a warranty longer than 3 yrs for the tank. I check on that.
 
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Old 04-20-21, 06:25 PM
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There's no make, model mentioned.
Tried contacting the manufacture before posting this?
Just a personal guess, that looks like shipping, handling, installers damage, not a the fault of the company that made the heater.
 
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Old 04-20-21, 07:08 PM
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It looks like the bricks may not be spaced correctly either.
 
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Old 04-21-21, 04:13 AM
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Water is heavy. The water heater was installed upon an irregular surface (a few bricks) and the undercarriage sagged and warped under the weight of the water inside.

It was intended to be installed on a flat surface although you could get away with putting it on bricks if the bricks were put under strong points as opposed to under weak points.


 
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Old 04-21-21, 11:33 PM
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So should I just remove the bricks and let it sit flush on the surface?
 
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Old 04-21-21, 11:46 PM
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Need a picture from further back plus info about the heater gas/electric, what are the connections like (flex hose/solid copper), where does the popoff valve drain to, etc, etc...

A more complete photo would really assist in any advice.
 
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Old 04-22-21, 01:53 AM
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should I just remove the bricks and let it sit flush on the surface
That is easier said than done. Besides emptying the tank is there enough play in the hookups to allow it to be lowered?
 
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Old 04-22-21, 05:10 AM
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Do not try to drain the tank without turning off the electricity first.

Before turning the power back on, be sure the tank is full again by seeing water gush full strength without air spurts from a hot faucet upstairs for a whole minute.

It will be messy and time consuming unless you have a floor drain that actually goes somewhere instead of just soak into the dirt under the house.

Or maybe someone stepped on an object leaning against the water heater and that tore off the skin. Remember those Saturday morning cartoons where someone stepped on a rake?

Put duct tape over the sharp edges for safety's sake.
 
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Old 04-22-21, 06:22 AM
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Put 2 more bricks under it to even out the load and that should stop further damage.
 
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Old 05-01-21, 04:57 PM
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Well she sprung a leak so I got a new tank. I had to get the nipples for it separate which is crazy. The nipples have a red and blue color on one end. Does the colored end go up or does it matter?
 
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The ones that I have installed usually have an arrow on the side. This goes in the direction of water flow. Do yours have an arrow?
 
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Gosh I don't remember seeing any. I put the colored sides up. I called Lowes where I purchased it and they said all the pictures they saw had them up. I know one thing my water pressure has slowed down big time! Is that because these things restrict water flow? They looked like they would just by looking down in them. I think they are called heat traps. I wished I would have looked at the package closer before I threw it away. If that is the case I got to get them things off there. It will take me forever to draw a bath the way it is now. It was flowing pretty decent with the other tank.
 
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Old 05-02-21, 08:40 PM
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If they are color coded red and blue.... they are probably the Camco type. (01013)

No usable installation information found.
One tech article I read said the color coded ones will have an arrow on them for flow direction.

 
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Old 05-02-21, 09:40 PM
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Yep I just dug the package out of the trash they are Camco. Both arrows are pointing up. So does that mean I should have put the blue one in the down position? Would that make a difference in my pressure? I noticed when I was filling it up with water it sounded like it was just barely trickling in.
 
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The arrows should be in the direction of water flow. Blue (cold) should be down toward the tank. Red (hot) should be up away from the tank. The pressure problem will be resolved. The way you have it installed now is blocking the input of cold water to the tank.
 
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Very gently push a pencil point into the nipple. The pencil will only go in one way.

For the nipple on the cold inlet (usually with a blue trim piece on top of the heater) the nipple should have the pencil pointing down. (Be sure the pencil does not fall into the tank). For the nipple going into the hot outlet may have (red trim piece) the pencil should be pointing up.

 
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Another way you could test/confirm is to blow air (low pressure) through one end. This could tell you which way has the least flow restriction and thus the direction water would flow best. I'm kinda surprised water flows at all the incorrect way. Now that I think about it, there is probably a bypass or they don't seal 100% to prevent pressure build up in the tank/plumbing.
 
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Well I got them in right now but the pressure hasn't changed much at all if any. Still think them things are restricting flow or something in the pipes. Guess I'll just have to deal with it or find some without them things.
 
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Old 05-03-21, 10:31 PM
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After further investigation I don't think it's the nipples. My upstairs bathtub and sink have great pressure. It's only my kitchen sink that is slow. Must be a clog in the faucet somewhere. It was working fine before I changed tanks. Hopefully it eventually breaks loose. I took the aerator off and cleaned it but still slow.
 
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It sounds like some trash got in the line. Is it just the hot water side with poor pressure? I've had to take the supply line loose before to flush out the line into a bucket - have a towel handy.
 
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Old 05-04-21, 11:16 AM
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Hot and cold are both slow. I have the ball handle type faucet.
 
 

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