The Tank › Warm Water
- October 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm #20224rhartman911Participant
I have an Electric- Reliance 501 52gal with daul 4500W elements not sure of age we have been in house for 6 yrs.
We have warm water seems like nothing is tripped a. I took top cover off and the insulation is wet I pushed the reset button and heard a sizzle probably due to being wet
Took botton cover off and insulation also wet. All I saw was a thermastate setting
So my question is should I just replace the water heater or try and find the elements which I dont know where they are located. The leak needs to be high up on the heaterOctober 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm #20225Randy SchuylerKeymaster
If you can’t find some obvious source of the water, which as the plumbing above it, then it’s probably time for replacement. Tank leaks can’t be fixed. Do read the appropriate sections on waterheaterrescue.com so you can make a wise choice for the replacement.
Randy SchuylerOctober 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm #20226Larry WeingartenParticipant
Hello: Agreed. I’d see if there is a leak at a fitting, but before all else, turn off power as 240 volts and water mixed together will certainly give you a nasty jolt! 😯
Yours, LarryOctober 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm #20227rhartman911Participant
Thank you I didn’t see any obvious leaks from a fitting has to be internal where I can not see it I will go to the web site and look at it,its not a big leak just enough to wet the insulation over time and small amout of water underneath. And all the rust is ontop of tank I would of thought it would be at the bottom of the tankOctober 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm #20228Larry WeingartenParticipant
Hello: Thing is, the inside of the tank is quite well protected from rusting, but the outside isn’t at all. If the outside stays wet for any length of time, it will rust. It can rust through in two to three months. So, have a close look at the fittings where they attach at the tank. If those aren’t leaking, it’s time for a new tank…. before the leak gets big 😯
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