Hey guys, well it's been a few months of owning our new/used Georgetown and so far we love it other than some bad factory assembly issues just like this one...
I noticed the hot water tank door bowing inward at the top but thought nothing of it until I had to replace the 110v heater element as it was burned out when we bought it...figures. Anyway when I removed the old heater element I found it to be totally incased with calcium and had a hard time getting it out of the hole! This is probably why it burned out....so anyway I started cleaning out the tank and while doing so I found it to be very loose and bouncy so I looked at the underside of the compartment to find it bulged downward and decided it was time to investigate.
I pulled the 4 long screws & 4 short ones along the sides, removed the sealer, and opened the hatch to find the most ridiculous setup as mentioned in an old post I found. I didn't want to remove the whole tank so I installed a 2x4 along either side of the wood base that the tank sits on then added spacers under either end of the 2x4's to level and raise the tank. I made them a bit wide at the back were it sits on the compartment floor to distribute the weight. It worked great!
I'm now making some new brackets to better secure the hatch door as the screws were pulling through on the other ones.
I'm also going to add some insulation on the hot water pipes and in around the compartment and also secure up a few hoses & wires too.
So check your water heater supports guys, it's worth the work!