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Old 11-18-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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Leaking water heater on 22FB

Howdy folks, so I've noticed over the past couple of weeks that my water heater is seeping a bit of water out of the top spigot and soaking up the wooden base (picture included shows where you can see a trail of white running down the heater and if you look closely you'll see the camera flash reflecting off the top spigot leak). I haven't taken a wrench to the top connector primarily because it's plastic (duh!) but I have tried to tighten it by hand and it seems very secure.

I seem to recall reading on a website somewhere that 'purging' the system every so often is necessary because of an air bubble. Is this true? I've owned the trailer since July '11 and live in it full time so the heater gets a decent amount of use.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:43 PM   #2
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Couldn't hurt to try some wrench pressure.
May save you some heartaches
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:47 PM   #3
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You might try draining the tank and then closing the top valve and let it build up another air bubble. You might be suprised at what comes out of the tank when you drain it. You could turn off the water supply and then open the top valve and let all the water above it drain out. From the photo I couldn't really see where the drip was comming from.
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:41 PM   #4
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I would drain the tank, remove the top plastic fitting then apply a little plumbers tape around the aluminum threads, and re-attach the fitting.

Also check the plastic fitting for any hair-line cracks.

If that doesn't fix it, take it back to the dealer.

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Old 11-19-2011, 06:05 AM   #5
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The air gap you are referring to has to do when the pressure relief valve is leaking. It won't make a difference for this connector. I would do as R.E. suggested.
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If it's still under warranty take it back. Jayco has a 2 year warranty.
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I never even noticed that it is a 2011. By all means take it back to the dealer.
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:27 PM   #8
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The leaking fitting may have a soft sealing ring. Remove the fitting after eliminating the pressure and remove the fitting. You may find a distorted sealing ring - new rings are about a dollar and the fitting should only be tightened manually or slightly with a wrench. I had a similar issue with my 21SS and it was a simple fix. Good Luck!!
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Old 11-21-2011, 02:59 PM   #9
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Thanks for the information ya'll. I bought the trailer used and according to the dealer, the Jayco warranty doesn't pass from owner to owner so I can't just take it in for service. I have a question about draining the water heater, though. I found two small spigots in the rear storage area of the trailer and they empty to the outside of the trailer. Are these the ones I need to use to drain it? I looked in my owners manuals and couldn't find anything about the process of draining so I figured I'd just ask y'all.
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:15 PM   #10
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The water heater should have a large plug on the area facing the outside of the rv. Removing it should allow the heater to drain.
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