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Old 04-24-2015, 08:09 AM   #1
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I have a water leak in my water heater compartment. I accidently left the pump on when I left for the day, came back and had water all over my floor. Any ideals to what caused it, or what I need to do to fix it? I turned it on this morning to shower and the water was all over again.......any suggestions?????
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:36 AM   #2
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First thing you have to do is determine where it's leaking. Once you do that, you can figure out what has to be done to correct the issue. You might want to borrow/rent/buy one of those little meters that detect moisture and try to seek out the leak. I picked up a set of handheld heat/moisture meters for $25 at Costco but I bet you could find one at Harbor Freight or Northern.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:38 AM   #3
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Thanks I have one already, but I do need to find the leak. I was just concerned cause it flooded the whole floor.....
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:46 AM   #4
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Don't know how old or what type unit you have, but our 2014 developed a leak near the water heater and it turned out to be an incorrectly installed O-ring on one of the valves. Apparently didn't leak at first, but after turning it a couple times it started leaking. Fortunately, I found it during de-winterization. With as much water as you indicate, it shouldn't be hard to find. this is a pic of my leaky valve. You can just see a piece of the o ring sticking out on the edge. Had to use a mirror to find it, as it was on the back side of the valve.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:51 AM   #5
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Sorry it's an 09 Jayflight, but I will get my mirror out and look at it. Thanks for that information, I'm glad that there are people to help me out. Know a little but input is great......thanks again!!!!
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:43 AM   #6
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One other thing, if your water piping is plastic and has those metal crimped rings on the fittings, you can replace them with compression type fittings and don't need the special pliers to crimp the rings on, Like these.
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Thanks, that's a great tip to know....
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:48 AM   #8
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You stated there's water in the water heater compartment, check the pressure relief valve, see if it's dripping. If your have your water heater running on electric and gas it can build up extra pressure and the relief valve can drip pretty good but not blow open. Also check the piping connections going into the water heater on the back.
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Thanks, I'll look at that too. Haven't ever had so much water before. I appreciate all of the thoughts and knowledge.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:05 AM   #10
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Take a close look at where the two water lines attach to the water heater. Mine was leaking a constant, slow drip at one of those attachment points, where the nylon fitting screwed into the aluminum WH threads.

I removed the fitting (drained the tank first), cleaned it up, and resealed it with a generous amount of pipe-dope paste. No leaks now for a couple of months.
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