Water Heater Leaking

Anyone know why water would be leaking out of the red circle here? My water wasn't getting hot this morning so I took a look at the pan through the AC vent area (shitty trailer) and it was half full of water. I used my shop vac to suck it out and it quickly started filling up. So I pulled the wall off that hides the water heater and noticed the leak. I know absolutely nothing about water heaters. I turned the breaker and valve off. It wasn't warm at all, cold even, so I assume the heating element was fricked from the leak?
Replacing the whole unit won't be problem or anything I'm just curious what you guys have to say about it. The unit is about five years old. Sorry I don't have more to go on. I only took some video then put the wall back up with just a few screws so my cats wouldn't get into the fricking thing or end up knocking the panel over and breaking the shitty material. I can take it back off if need be but there isn't much to see.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    remove the small cover and see if it is leaking around the element. replace the element or tighten it. can't help without pictures.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >put the wall back up
    what now?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's a shitty trailer panel.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Here you can see where the water flowed out of this panel

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Frick. Apologies. Multitasking.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Removed the panel. This cloth shit is soaked on the bottom. Not sure why my phone isn't properly orientating my imagines like normal.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Rusty. So I imagine it has been leaking a whole?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      If that is a pic of the upper element cover, rust appears to begin above the element itself. Could be leaking from a bad fitting on the top of the tank and then dripping down in the thermostat and connections, eventually killing them.

      Check the plumbing connections before replacing electrical parts or the new ones will just rust again.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Fricking system thinking I am spamming.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      That design is some seriously bonkers shit

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      well you kinda are

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        In what way is posting relevant pictures in a thread considered spam? Frick you, Black person.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          you might as well post a video frame by frame pal

          https://i.imgur.com/pxw0qUi.jpg

          OP here. They tried to get me to pay $1900 to replace the thing so I just did it myself with a bit of guidance despite my pussy attitude towards it. Saved me $1300. Just tested the water and everything seems to be working good. Now what can I do with this old water heater aside from hauling it to the scrap yard for chump change?

          kek flexlines bent within a hair of death and sharkbites

          jk. nice work for an clueless non-handyman.

          • 2 months ago
            Këbin Vann Damm

            Flex lines are a godsend for the DIYer who is content with “good enough!” Although I pulled out an absolute mess of CPVC and it looks nicer now

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    heater controls are in that recessed service area. sounds like someone went too long without changing their inode rod

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Never been changed, correct. I'll be sure to remember that next time. I can assume the whole thing is fricked?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        time for a new water heater. I hope you know how to solder pipe

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Not OP, but I'll take that advice, before I end up in the same boat. I've gotta mention that my house had two previous water-heaters. Each lasted 21 years with no service.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      > change inode rod
      You need a unix system administrator to do that

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The thermometer shows at about 140 but I can assume that is because it's fricked and the breaker is off, yes? I'd rather not burn the place down just yet. The labels on my breaker box aren't the most trustworthy so I turned off both labeled furnace and water heater.

    • 2 months ago
      Bepperoni

      Thermostat and/or heating element prob fricked. The replacement kits like picrel are cheap at Home Depot/Lowes. Hopefully it solves your leak too

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Appreciate it, anon. That puts me at ease. I know this is DIY and all but I'm honestly paranoid to frick with such things so I guess I will just call somebody. I'm approved for like 20k in credit from one of the places so I'm not too worried about the cost considering the whole unit is like $500 from what I saw. I'm sure they'll israelite me for.thr labor but better than doing something stupid and dying somehow.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Wonderful. I had to install a rheem that is now seven years old. BTW they aren't real rheems, if you purchase them yourself - they're mexican or some other 3rd world shit. Only licensed plumbers can get the real ones.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It came with the trailer and this trailer is a piece of shit so I am sure it is fake. It's my girlfriend's. She's an idiot and bought it about 6 years ago and it's falling apart. She was desperate and didn't even bother to have her dad or anyone go with her to check it out. By the time it's paid off I imagine the floors will be caving in.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Only licensed plumbers can get the real ones.
      huh... I never knew I was a licensed plumber. because I bought a rheem.

      • 2 months ago
        Bepperoni

        Something something about the Home Depot Rheems and the warranty is nothing like the 10 year warranty you get when you pay somebody $3000 to install it.

        I have no idea if there’s any truth behind it, but I have heard something similar once before, but it was a plumber trying to make a sale so take it with a grain of salt.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I ordered and installed it myself and it has a 12 year warranty.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Is it the “only in the event of manufacturer frick up” warranty or a general warranty?

            • 2 months ago
              Bepperoni

              I still feel like there’s going to be some other stipulation, like the plumbing contractor says “12 months on labor”. So if your plumber-installed Rheem starts leaking after 4 years, they say “well you’re lucky, the $1000 in parts is covered under warranty but the $1400 in labor is due right now”

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                I've never worried about the warranty on a water heater. I've installed 3 in my lifetime. All of them have lasted at least 10 years. If a manufacturer puts a 10+ year warranty on something there is a 99.999% chance that it will last as long as they say. if it is going to fail it's within the first year.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Take a look at the sticker. I checked the rheem site and tried to source one made here - nope sorry, big box stores don't carry those.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          mine does.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >The unit is about five years old.

    when's the last time you swapped in a fresh anode

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why even bother asking that question? Virtually nobody ever does it. Like 5% of homeowners, or probably less.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Why even bother asking that question? Virtually nobody ever does it. Like 5% of homeowners, or probably less.

        Because many of us fall into the 5% who like learning about things that can make a difference. I didn't know the anode existed until someone mentioned it here, and when I replaced mine, the old one was almost gone.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because everything modern is trash

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Different Anon here. Noticed a leak on mine last night. This is just inside the valve cover and up. It's 14 years old. Planning on flushing it, but is the whole thing fricked?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Hard to say because the picture is so zoomed in, but if the big rusty area is the tank, then yeah it's fricked.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah I just wrapped up putting in thr new one. That wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    OP here. They tried to get me to pay $1900 to replace the thing so I just did it myself with a bit of guidance despite my pussy attitude towards it. Saved me $1300. Just tested the water and everything seems to be working good. Now what can I do with this old water heater aside from hauling it to the scrap yard for chump change?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      damn homie why did you install it on its side

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Nobody really cares, it was more of a 'well damn his house looks great' than anything.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You really do live in your own world. Sad thing is I know pretty much where In Animal Kingdom that Daisy meet and greet was. I personally wouldn't subject my wife to that kind of exposure, but I'm sure you told her what's up...

      And for OP, old water heater tanks make great for pits! Gonna do a smoker with my next one.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymouse

        Kek you know exactly where that is? You must go there a lot! I kinda hate Disney because there’s way too many obese stinky goofy ass white people there, but the wife’s family grew up on that stuff and she loves it so I humor her with a few nights in Orlando from time to time.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    What does he have to be afraid of?
    Boogie was the only person ever to be actually confronted by a doxxer, and he shot them.
    Nobody's life has changed as a result of doxxing.

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