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Old 05-28-2009, 04:34 PM   #1
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Hot Water tank leaking on bottom

my hot water tank is leaking, not from hoses, it is from bottom of tank as what i can see, any suggestions, with out me taking out tank....
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Old 05-28-2009, 05:09 PM   #2
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If it's the actual tank that's leaking, the only fix is to replace it. Just like a leaking hot water tank in your home.

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Old 05-28-2009, 06:03 PM   #3
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Hello CuckooMan - why have you not posted on my "Calling all Minuet Owners" thread? I would be interested in the history of your 6.0. We have the 6.7metre.

I hope others will post some ideas here on your problem. We found our water heater w/a split on the seam this yr. We had just replaced it only a yr or so ago, so were quite surprised as we had drained & winterized. We disconnected it, and have not had hot water (except from heating on stove), BUT, I had read somewhere that the tank might be fixed w/a waterproof sealant??? Can't find now to get info. Or, I thought maybe some welding could be done? If others can add their thought to mine, I would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:28 PM   #4
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tell me more about the posting, i would like to know more---rob
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:39 AM   #5
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Rob,

If your tank is leaking, as Minno said above, you need a new unit. A sealant won't hold and if you can find someone who will weld galvanized - welding will destroy the galvanized finish in the welded area. The newer units from Atwood have an aluminum tank. Your looking at around $500 for a new gas/electric unit if you have a 10 gallon model now. When you install it you should put in a bypass kit so it can be fully drained for winter. Good luck....
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:04 AM   #6
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The aluminum can can be tig welded with good results,just don`t try the galv.,even if you get it to stop it`s only temporary,it will rust out real quick,you will also have rusty water. Dave
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I thought my hot water heater was leaking too, because I had water coming out just below it. Turned out the water leak was clear on the other side of the trailer, and just draining out below the water heater. So check your outside compartments for water leaks, and wherever you can see pipe connections, to see if they're leaking.
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Easyride -
I have a friend who's son has done some welding, but don't know if he is familiar w/TIG welding. Do you have any idea what the cost would be to have someone fix the seam on an Atwood tank if we looked into this route? Would it be more/less/equal to replacement? We just don't look forward to replacing a tank we just replaced, not to mention having to take the whole darn thing out again. We did put in a bypass & did the whole drain/winterize bit, so not sure how we got this problem

the TIG welding sounded interesting so I googled it and saw this....


Why should I try TIG welding?

1. Weld more metals and alloys than any other process TIG welders can be used to weld steel, stainless steel, chromoly, aluminum, nickel alloys, magnesium, copper, brass, bronze, and even gold. TIG is a useful welding process for welding wagons, bike frames, lawn mowers, door handles, fenders, and more.

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2. Create high quality, clean welds With superior arc and weld puddle control, TIG allows you to create clean welds when appearances count. Because the heat input is often controlled by pressing on a foot pedal, similar to driving a car, TIG welding allows you to heat up or cool down the weld puddle giving you precise weld bead control. This makes TIG welding ideal for cosmetic welds like sculptures and automotive welds.

Cuckooman - I think if you search "Calling all Minuet Owners" it will come up for you. There have been quite a few Minuet owners who have posted some interesting info related to our wonderful little trailer there. Would love to have you add to same.
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[quote=COArgosy78;703219]Easyride -
I have a friend who's son has done some welding, but don't know if he is familiar w/TIG welding. Do you have any idea what the cost would be to have someone fix the seam on an Atwood tank if we looked into this route? Would it be more/less/equal to replacement? We just don't look forward to replacing a tank we just replaced, not to mention having to take the whole darn thing out again. We did put in a bypass & did the whole drain/winterize bit, so not sure how we got this problem


No matter what you do the unit still will have to be pulled. I don't see how you could weld on it in place. Another option:

Marksrv.com Atwood water heater parts page

But, you'll have close to $300 into this with shipping.
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If it`s not to large it could be tiged or miged,more people have mig welders,the weld is just not as pretty,if it`s a place showing a lot of corosion a patch could be applied.It would surely be cheaper than a new unit.Dave
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Well, did find this while researching. Looks to be the tank needed. We are busy w/other costs related to our bottomless needs trailer (like a 3rd child!) right now, so will probably keep heating our water on stove. But, for the future I will save this thread.

Replacement inner tank for 6 gal. gas water heater
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Rob (Cuckooman) I think I copied my Minuet Owners thread here for you, if you are interested. Hope to hear from you there. :]
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Someething To Consider...

Remember the the tank on a water heater is a pressure vessel. There is a significant amount of liability associated with welding such devices.

Any work done on a pressure vessel should be performed by a shop authorized to perform ASME repairs. Such a shop should possess a ASME "R" Stamp.

If you want to see something cool...err hot. Check out what happens when PRV doesn't pop open and and OPE occurs.

http://www.waterheaterblast.com/waterheaterblast.wmv
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Well if all that stuff went wrong ,I think I would rather have a weak weld joint,so the heater wouldn`t go thru the roof.Myth Busters also blew one thru the roof of their made on site house.After 36 years of plumbing I have never seen it happen,nor heard from from any other plumber of actually seeing one.I can see how it can happen,but a bunch of things would all have to go bad at once. Dave
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