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    Hi, I have a Bradford White gas water heater, model MITW40L6LN10,installed new in 1999. It is starting to drip out the bottom,do I need to replace it,or could it be something else.It has been used with city water since new. Also, if it needs to be replaced, would the hot and cold pipes and exhaust, line up on a B/W 50 gal. or should a stay with the 40 gal. Thanks,Bill

  • #2
    Re: A dripping B/W water heater

    What does dripping out of the bottom mean exactly?

    Thanks.


    J.C.

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    • #3
      Re: A dripping B/W water heater

      Replace it. Prince had a song about 1999. That's a long time ago.


      22 years is a very inefficient water heater.
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      • #4
        Re: A dripping B/W water heater

        It is a drip about every 5 seconds The area around the burner is dry. The water seems to becoming from the edge of the tank where it travels around until it finds a hole in the bottom of the heater.

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          Re: A dripping B/W water heater

          Time for a new heater.
          Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
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          • #6
            Re: A dripping B/W water heater

            Originally posted by DUNBAR PLUMBING View Post
            Replace it. Prince had a song about 1999. That's a long time ago.


            22 years is a very inefficient water heater.
            How efficient is a 12 year old one?

            I kid, I kid.

            Replace the heater. The tank seems to be leaking base on your description.

            A 50 OR even a 40 may not line up correctly for water, vent, and gas.


            J.C.

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            • #7
              Re: A dripping B/W water heater

              Thanks for the quick response. I was hoping to get another couple of years out of it.I should have known better. How long do the exhaust venting usually last?

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                Re: A dripping B/W water heater

                Originally posted by Billypubah02 View Post
                Thanks for the quick response. I was hoping to get another couple of years out of it.I should have known better. How long do the exhaust venting usually last?
                You can always wait till Your home floods while You're at work
                I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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                • #9
                  Re: A dripping B/W water heater

                  I would double check closely around where the drain screws into the tank and around the relief valve. If those areas are dry go ahead and replace it.

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                  • #10
                    Re: A dripping B/W water heater

                    Originally posted by Billypubah02 View Post
                    Thanks for the quick response. I was hoping to get another couple of years out of it.I should have known better. How long do the exhaust venting usually last?

                    Let her go, she'll only break your heart later down the road. Sure you can work with her, and try to figure out her problems, but some girls need serious help. In the end when she says it's over, she will leave you cold and wet. Let her go son.
                    Anyone can tear a man down, few can build one up.

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                    • #11
                      Re: A dripping B/W water heater

                      Stick a fork in it...its done!!! Take measurements then go to suppliers and match it up.
                      Poor Planning On Your Part Does Not Constitute An Emergency On My Part!!
                      You can fire me...but you can't tell me what to do!

                      Derek

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                      • #12
                        Re: A dripping B/W water heater

                        I have a 50 gal electric Rheem that was installed in 2000 and its been weeping water for the past year and I'ma let her run till she blows
                        never anymore than a 1/4 cup of water in the pan...then dries up for a week or so then starts leaking again. I cant believe the thermostats haven't locked up yet...they look bad All rusted up

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                        • #13
                          Re: A dripping B/W water heater

                          spot on tm. breid..............

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by Tyman View Post
                            Let her go, she'll only break your heart later down the road. Sure you can work with her, and try to figure out her problems, but some girls need serious help. In the end when she says it's over, she will leave you cold and wet. Let her go son.
                            Mother's water heater started leaking the day I was to leave for 2 weeks.
                            Lucky that I heard it and saw the water beginning to pool.
                            Shut off the water, attached a garden hose to drain the heater and replaced it before departing.
                            I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
                            It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
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                              Re: A dripping B/W water heater

                              Originally posted by TheMaster View Post
                              I have a 50 gal electric Rheem that was installed in 2000 and its been weeping water for the past year and I'ma let her run till she blows
                              never anymore than a 1/4 cup of water in the pan...then dries up for a week or so then starts leaking again. I cant believe the thermostats haven't locked up yet...they look bad All rusted up
                              And the Cobblers Son goes barefoot !
                              I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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