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Old 05-01-2022, 05:52 PM   #1
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Atwood Water Heater Leaking - CG6AA-10E

I'm new to the Jayco owners and posting hoping someone can help with a leaking water heater. I have a 2010 Jayco Jay Flight G2 25RKS

My story: I winterized, and bypassed the water heater. This is the 8th year I have done the exact same procedure.

Today I discovered a small leak in the hot water output (top) connection on the tank. Water was dripping from the bottom of the top tank insert where the PEX female connector screws on. I first thought it was a cone washer that failed and replaced it. Not so much.

I have attached two photos, #1 is an overview of the back of the tank, showing both the cold intake (on bottom) and the hot output (top). #2 is a close up zoom of just the top hot output.

I made two observations for #2 the closeup.

First, the female PEX connector appears to screw onto a gray plastic insert which threads into the tank. I know its plastic, when I had it apart to replace the cone washer. It looks like a plumberís putty was used to seal the insert.

Second, if you expand the close-up photo for a closer view, you will see a very small horizonal crack just below the insert corner (6'oclock position). This is where I believe the water drip is coming from. To be sure, I used paper towel on the gray outer device treads to see if the cone washer was the source - it was not. The water drip collects right at the crack.

Attwood - Dometic has discontinued this model and I not finding any parts, i.e., a new gray plastic threaded insert for the hot output.

I hoping someone will have some insight that may help me.

When I googled plumbersí putty, it suggests one reason to use it, was the threads are not bonded and the threaded connection can be removed. Not sure about that.

Any insight is greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-01-2022, 05:59 PM   #2
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That grey fitting is a check valve. Get a new one made of brass and seal it with Teflon tape. Hopefully that will fix you up. I would replace the sealant on the cold side with Teflon tape also.

There are lots of threads that detail the procedure for replacing it on JOF.
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Follow-up to OP. The grey plastic insert thought to be check valve turned out to be a coupler. It backed out quite easily, surprisingly so. I figured that was the reason it was leaking - pipe dope was compromised over the past 12 years.

I had already purchased a brass check valve (CV), so I installed it. I used Teflon thread tape to seal the valve.

After getting the CV installed, I filled the tank, to see if the water leak was fixed -- it was not, and leaked in the same exact spot at the coupler.

I turned on the gas to heat the water to see if heat would help seal the Teflon. It did not. See attached pic. Note what appears as water calcium (?) staining on the tank from the initial leak - which must have been ongoing for awhile.

Removed the CV and re-taped with Teflon tape, using far more than the first attempt. The CV did not seat into the tank flange as far as it did the first attempt - I'm guessing because of the added thickness of the extra tape. The leak reappeared, only much less. I put a wrench on the CV and gave it more torque - its really tight!! At this point, the leak has disappeared.

I initially thought there may be a hair-line crack in the tank CV flange, but ruled that out, because the additional thickness of the re-taped CV would increase the crack, especially so when I torqued tighter.

At this point, the CV is not leaking, but not sure I trust it to hold. I re-heated the tank water and ran really hot water through the CV to see if anything changed - it did not, -- not leaking.

Unless I'm missing something, its matter of keeping an eye on it for leaks.

I'm still puzzled by the new CV with Teflon Tape leaking in the same exact spot as the coupler with Pipe Dope.

Any insight is welcomed!!!
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That location is a very common leak point in every rv I have owned. Maybe from the weight and bouncing around but I just check mine every so often and make sure it's tight.

You may have found the sweet spot where it does not leak. Sure hope so.

PS, I think that back in 2010 they may not have put the check valve on but either way it's a place to inspect.
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During my engineering career, I worked on a project for a company to eliminate leaks in pipes for the products the company made. What I determined is that Teflon tape does a really poor job of sealing pipes. Yes, almost everyone uses it but it is really a poor sealant. I would suggest getting some 565™ PSTģ Thread Sealant. Remove all traces of teflon tape from the male and female threads, apply the PST and to the fitting let it set for an hour or so before pressurizing and your leak should be fixed.
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I concur!
I use teflon tape and loads of it because it's so easy but it is not infallible and easily replaced with a good grade of pipe sealant , that is heat proof.
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I use Loctite 565 often - Some of the greatest stuff out there...
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... What I determined is that Teflon tape does a really poor job of sealing pipes. Yes, almost everyone uses it but it is really a poor sealant.
Couldn't agree more. There are actually several types of T-tape performance specs and blue is recommended for water fittings, yellow for both liquid or vapor gas fittings etc. White tape is spec'd for lubricating threads. Last I knew there were over 6 color codes for specific applications. Most plumbers I know only use enhanced pipe dope for both since it works, is one product does all, is simple to use and most building codes where I've been don't permit tape.
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I concur!
I use teflon tape and loads of it because it's so easy but it is not infallible and easily replaced with a good grade of pipe sealant , that is heat proof.
Loctite 565 is good to 300 degrees F., your RV water heater should never get that hot.
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More better: https://www.henkel-adhesives.com/us/...e_si_5331.html

RPM International owns the Henkel/Loctite brands and is located 3 miles from my house. A neighbor is the one who recommended this stuff to me about 12 years ago.
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