Water leaking from top of Rheem Water Heater

The Tank Water leaking from top of Rheem Water Heater

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    lmas0602
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    I have a Rheem water heater and there is water leaking out of the top of the heater under the plate where the electcial plug goes in. What could be causing this to happen. 😥

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    Larry Weingarten
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    Hello: Finding water where you have is not a good sign. Start by turning off the power to the heater. Check with a meter to be sure it’s off. If you need qualified help with this, get it! 240 volts is nothing to mess with. Once the power is off check at each fitting on top of the heater. There should be four. If none of these is leaking, it is the tank, and the only real option is to replace it. A trick to checking for leaks is to mop with a dry rag at a fitting. Pull the rag away and see where water comes from. If it is coming from the fitting, there is a problem. If you’re lucky, the leak hasn’t been going too long and it’s coming from a flex line connection or other threaded fitting that can be repaired. If you do find and fix a leak, redo the wire nut connections to eliminate corrosion there. Hope that helps.

    Yours, Larry

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