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Question DetailsAsked on 10/9/2016

Hi. need to repair/replace water heater in mobile home. leaking bad.

new unit was installed 2 years ago. slow leak developed 1 year ago. now, it is a big, fast leak. don't know where it is leaking from, inside wall, i can't access it. need some good, inexpensive, help. location is lake worth, FL. thanks in advance.

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Should have gotten it fixed, or replaced under warranty if applicable, when it first started leaking - both to get best recovery on warranty, and also minimize flooring damage.


Usually there is a shutoff valve right above the water heater on the cold inlet pipe, to stop the leaking. Be sure if you shut that off that you also turn the control on the water heater to OFF.


Location could be a tank leak - but if started leaking 1 year after installation more likely a connecting pipe. you say you can't tell where it is leaking from - inside wall - this does not sound like a water heater leak, sounds like a pipe leak. If it was a water heater leak you should be able to see water on top of the heater (from fitting leak) or running down the sides or running/dripping under the heater.


Plumbing is your Search the List category to find a well-rated and reviewed vendor to handle this problem - and when he is fixing it ask him to describe water damage, because you may have significant flooring or frmaing damage that should be repaired too - commonly by a Water and Smoke Damage contractor or a Handyman.


Unfortunately, any water damage, which your homeowner's insurance would notmally have covered when it first started leaking, is likely not covered now because of the amount of time it has been leaking - long-term leak damage is usually NOT covered, only "emergency" or acute leak damage.



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