My propane hot water heater is leaking from somewhere. I can't easily tell
where from just yet.
Other than the tank having corroded out, is there anything else I can check
I know little about water heaters.
If I end up replacing this, who makes a good one. I just know sears and
whatever HD has.
how old is the tank? if its older your better off replacing.
home depot lowes and others have tanks. In pennsylvania theres no sales
tax on a installed tank but 7% for cash and carry, go figure:(
Used to be tanks were installed pretty cheap but my last one was a PIA
so I am returning to self install.
They are all basically the same, pay a bit more for a longer warranty,
that also gives a bit better efficency
if your tank is getting old just buy a new one
Not easy to tell on most newer insulated tanks. I suggest that if the
tank is over 10 years old it will be better to replace it and not try fixing
it. Any fix you do is likely to help you find the next weak point.
One common place is the pressure/temp relief valve. But if that is
leaking, it should be obvious, as it should be coming out the end of
the pipe connected to it. If it's coming out the bottom, with no
visible leak at the top connections, it's time for a new one. Gas ones
typically have a life of 10-14 years or so. Depending on where it's
located and what happens if it goes suddenly, pre-emptive replacement,
even with no signs of trouble, may be a wise move at 10 years.
This is the best advise to your question. I've seen tanks between 7 -
11 years that start to leak. When they start they most likly will not
stop. Verfiy the year and if it's out of warrenty or even close,
Electric water heaters can sometimes leak from the elements, either
the mounting gasket, or a blown coil. That can be fixed. But you got
a gas one. Unless it's leaking from a pipe fitting on the top, or the
drain valve at the bottom, you may as well plan to get a new heater.
There is nothing else that can be fixed.
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