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Old 10-18-2010, 11:40 PM   #1
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electric water tank help

I think my hot water tank might be leaking slightly. in the pan under the hot water heater there is a ring of wet at the bottom. I noticed to when we went away for 4 days we had turned it off and there was marks in the bottom of where there had been water. now im sure there shouldnt be any water or wet or marks in the hot water pan. Can someone confirm or deny this?

its a 30 gallon electric GSW (gun shot wound :P )
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:40 AM   #2
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Maybe your pressure relief valve popped slightly at one time.
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:20 AM   #3
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The Sasks might be right. If your P&T valve isn't plumbed to the outside it could drip a bit. Also if there's a hose spigot for draining it could drip when cooling down. I'd check all the plumbing connections before I suspected the tank itself.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:57 PM   #4
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well it seems its just under the tank. just a wet around the ring. I got some pics but on my other camera. was just outside working on the plumbing and there was a heck of a feline grown that scared me crapless! think it was a cougar!
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If the plumbing comes in the top of the tank one of the fittings could be seeping and running under the skin to the bottom. Or it could be the heating element leaking a bit and running down.
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well it seems its just under the tank. just a wet around the ring. I got some pics but on my other camera. was just outside working on the plumbing and there was a heck of a feline grown that scared me crapless! think it was a cougar!
WOW,

All we get are them thar Coyote's running around here. I think I would have done the same..

And get the pics up when you can, it will make trying to help easier..
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:55 AM   #7
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If the pressure relief valve has any debris or gunk under the seal, then it may cause an occasional leak. With the heater off, and the water cooled, pop the pressure relief valve,let it flow a bit to wash out any unwanted gunk. This may allow it to reseat itself. If it continues to leak, it's either defective (easy, low-cost fix) or your temp is set to a higher setting than the relief, which nad be dangerous, because your water will be hot enough to scald.
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lol i know its not set tooo hot. i think ill set a cup under the down spout and see if anything collects in there. makes sense right?

and of course hard to see but there is a little shiny along the bottom. but only at the front.
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I'd pull that cover off and check the element for leakage.
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:33 PM   #10
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i shoved a plastic drinking cup under the pressure relief valve and yup there is water in there. now how do i "reset" it?



hmmm
"If you notice that after the large amount of hot water is used, the pressure relief valve discharges water, probably you have to install an expansion tank. Water expansion is probably being limited by a backflow-preventer valve or pressure regulator, therefore causing the TPR valve to open. "
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