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Old 05-15-2005, 08:05 PM   #1
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Leaking hi pressure water heater hose

After noticing a soggy carpet in front of my sink area, I found a pinhole jet of water hissing out of this hose at the pressure fitting. Is this something an RV shop has to do, or can a qualified plumber just come over and "get 'er done"?

This happened after hooking up to a campground water source, although after disconnecting and using the on board water pump it still leaked out.

Since this was in Anaheim, I was referred to a mobile RV repair shop, but after 2 days they never called me back. Now I'm back home and prefer to have it done here rather than take it to a shop. Thanks for any info.
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Old 05-15-2005, 08:28 PM   #2
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Just about anybody could fix it, I suspect. If you could include a (close-up) picture of the leak itself, I'll bet we could guide you through getting the necessary part(s) at the local Home Depot and fixing it yourself!

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Old 05-15-2005, 08:30 PM   #3
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Is that grey thing before the elbow a clamp of some kind? If it is, you can probably remove the clamp, cut off the offending piece, and re-clamp the hose to the elbow.
It is hard to see exactly what it is in the photo.
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Old 05-15-2005, 08:36 PM   #4
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Is that grey thing before the elbow a clamp of some kind? If it is, you can probably remove the clamp, cut off the offending piece, and re-clamp the hose to the elbow.
It is hard to see exactly what it is in the photo.
That almost looks like a PEX crimp. I have seen some of them that are silver in color before.
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Old 05-15-2005, 08:46 PM   #5
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What you have there is a polybutylene fitting. You probably have many of them, and they will all develop cracks, unless they blow completely apart. There is a lot of information on polybutylene plumbing and its shortcomings in the archives.

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Old 05-24-2005, 03:31 PM   #6
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Hi,

For some reason I am not getting an email stating replies to this thread.

How do I drain the water heater? The manual doesn't say, and I'm gonna fix this leak but don't want alot of water all over the place. I've opened the faucets for hot and cold, under pump pressure, and no water comes out now, although a plumber told me that there will still be water in it. Does it even have a drain plug?
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Old 05-24-2005, 05:27 PM   #7
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Hi,

For some reason I am not getting an email stating replies to this thread.

How do I drain the water heater? The manual doesn't say, and I'm gonna fix this leak but don't want alot of water all over the place. I've opened the faucets for hot and cold, under pump pressure, and no water comes out now, although a plumber told me that there will still be water in it. Does it even have a drain plug?
Almost all water heaters have a drain at the bottom of the tank. In the case of the water heaters in our trailers, this is usually a plastic threaded plug on the outside of the water heater, behind the outside door.
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Old 05-24-2005, 09:21 PM   #8
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Pull the sacrificial zinc plug out. It may need servicing anyway.
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Thanks everyone for input. As I wouldn't know what the best materials to use, I called a plumber and he came out within an hour and had it repaired! It took about 45 minutes, and he uswed what you will see in the pic. He said the old polybutelene pipe had namy probs with it years ago and id not in use anymore. He gave me a lifetime warranty on this one. I don't remember what it's called, sorry. Cost me a Ben Franklin out the door. Well worth it in my opinion, since it would have cost me materials and alot of time!
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