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Old 07-31-2004, 01:19 PM   #1
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Water Heater leaking

I guess I forgot just one thing when winterizing last fall. Seems as though the water heater is now leaking. I imagine the path of least resistance is to replace it now.?. I just removed the screws and cut the seal it is still not coming free. Any suggestions to remove or do I just need to add a little more muscle power. Are heaters standard? Any other considerations I should consider? All suggestions greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-31-2004, 01:59 PM   #2
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The tank is connected to plumbing in the back, which must be disconnected first. The putty tape used when installing is holding it in place. Run a putty knife around the outside edges (be careful not to scratch the aluminum around it).

Unless the tank was allowed to freeze while full of water, it is not likely that the tank itself is damaged. More than likely a connector to the tank has split.

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Old 07-31-2004, 04:44 PM   #3
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Just in case you do find that the tank has busted someplace you may want to consider using a patch instead of replacing the whole water heater. I have patched gas tanks, water tanks, diesel tanks, and a variety of other things using JB weld. On a flat type os surface you should ruff up the area where you are going to place the patch and also use a little fiberglass cloth with the JB Weld. Make sure the area is clean and dry, lay down a cover coat of JB Weld, then put your fiberglass cloth on top and then apply a top coat of JB Weld. Then using a plastic spreader wipe over the area a few times using a fair amount of pressure. Make certain that your cloth stays put. Let dry overnight then you can paint it if you want. I prefer the slow curing JB to the fast stuff as it seems to hold on better.
Hope your problem is as simple as a fitting, but thouight I'd throw in a remedy just in case.
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