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Question DetailsAsked on 10/25/2016

WHY IS THE WATER LEAKING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WATER TANK.

ELECTRIC-50 GAL- SITTING DIRECTLY ON TILE FLOOR. OPENED TOP PANEL. RUSTY WATER HAD BEEN LEAKING AROUND WIRES BUT WAS NOT LEAKING DOWN SIDE OF THE TANK. TURNED BREAKER AND WATER OFF.

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Sounds like maybe a thread leak at the heating element or thermostat penetration point, whichever the leakage is coming from. Might be fixable by just redoing the threaded connection with proper sealant, might be the element or thermostat is defective or corroded and needs replacing, or might be the threads are rusted too much and the unit is shot.


Make sure that is the only leak point - could be the threads were leaking a touch, but, as you said, not even reaching the floor. Check both top and inside of tank to see if top fittings or pipes above the heater are leaking, possibly the overtemp/overpressure valve coming off the side near the top of the tank is leaking (should have a discharge pipe almost to the floor, so a leak there would put water right around the bottom of the tank) - or could be the tank is corroded enought that it is leaking from the tank, which would be fatal for it.


New water heater in that size typically (assuming not really tight clearances because new equivalent size water heaters are generally 1-2 inches larger in diameter and height,though there are stubby and tall versions available) in the $1000-1500 range installed - so you would have to assess whether getting yours repaired for probably minimum $150-300 is worth it - and it is possible you would pay $100-200 for the diazgnosis and STILL find it is not fixable and have to buy a new one, so if tank is older (say at or near rated life and certainly if 10 or more years old (assuming not stainless tank), probably cheaper in the long run to just replace it because even if repaired likely to need that in the next couple of years anyway, so repairing it might gsain you only a year or two - or only a week or month - who knows.



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